Pearl: A New Verse Translation in Modern English

Pearl: A New Verse Translation in Modern English

by John Ridland, Anonymous

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Overview


Poetry. PEARL is an intricate fourteenth-century poem written by one of the greatest Middle English poets--the anonymous artist who also gave us Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This medieval masterpiece presents the meditative Dream Vision of a father (the Dreamer) mourning the loss of a young daughter (his Pearl). Having recently translated Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to critical acclaim, John Ridland now tackles the even more challenging PEARL. He succeeds in giving us another innovative and pleasurable translation that retains line-by-line fidelity with the source material, while bringing the fourteenth-century Northwest Midland dialect into an unstrained contemporary idiom. Ridland's inventive meter and rhyme convey the sonic beauty of the original. Moreover, his preface provides a comprehensive background and analysis of PEARL, points out the techniques deployed by the original poet, and explains Ridland's own approach to translating the poem. This translation will delight and reward the reader.

"John Ridland's translation of SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT made that fourteenth-century chivalric romance not only accessible but alive to our twenty-first century sensibilities. Now his translation PEARL, also by the anonymous Gawain Poet, does the same for that poignant dream vision. The poem's formal complexities are still here, mutatis mutandis, but they enhance rather than obscure the story of a grieving father's dream vision of his lost daughter in paradise. Six hundred years vanish, and the reader feels an intimate, profound emotional connection with the universal human experiences of loss, grief, and hope."--Richard Wakefield

"An attractively readable translation, which makes a real attempt to convey the metrical beauty and intricacy of the original."--Ad Putter and Myra Stokes, editors of The Works of the Gawain Poet

"After reading John Ridland's translation of SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT some time ago, I thought, 'Well, he's done it now: doomed himself to never achieving anything as remarkable as this again, because it's impossible.'
But I was wrong: his new translation of PEARL--an even more challenging work by the same anonymous fourteenth-century Gawain Poet--is equally musical and moves with the same charmed pace in the telling that is perfect for what is being told."--Rhina P. Espaillat

"John Ridland's translation offers us, in accessible, contemporary English, all the dazzling complexity and beauty of Pearl's structures, rhythms, and rhymes."--Maryann Corbett

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927409886
Publisher: Able Muse Press
Publication date: 09/24/2018
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author


John Ridland, PhD, taught English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for forty-three years. His publications include A Brahms Card Ballad, first published in Hungarian translation, Happy in an Ordinary Thing; a book-length translation of Petöfi's John the Valiant; and his most recent translations of the Middle English anonymous poet's masterpiece, SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT (Able Muse Press, 2016) and PEARL: A NEW VERSE TRANSLATION IN MODERN ENGLISH (Able Muse Press, 2018). With Dr. Peter Czipott, Dr. Ridland has translated several other Hungarian poets, including Sándor Márai's The Withering World (Alma Classics, 2013) and Miklos Rádnoti's All That Still Matters at All (New American Press, 2014). In 2014 Askew Publications issued his epic poem, A. Lincolniad.

Table of Contents

vii Setting a Jewel:

xv Translator’s Preface

xxii On Completing My Translation of Pearl at Dawn

3 PEARL

4 I

5 1.

6 2.

7 3.

8 4.

9 5.

10 II

11 6.

12 7.

13 8.

14 9.

15 10.

16 III

17 11.

18 12.

19 13.

20 14.

21 15.

22 IV

23 16.

24 17.

25 18.

26 19.

27 20.

28 V

29 21.

30 22.

31 23.

32 24.

33 25.

34 VI

35 26.

36 27.

37 28.

38 29.

39 30.

40 VII

41 31.

42 32.

43 33.

44 34.

45 35.

46 VIII

47 36.

48 37.

49 38.

50 39.

51 40.

52 IX

53 41.

54 42.

55 43.

56 44.

57 45.

58 X

59 46.

60 47.

61 48.

62 49.

63 50.

64 XI

65 51.

66 52.

67 53.

68 54.

69 55.

70 XII

71 56.

72 57.

73 58.

74 59.

75 60.

76 XIII

77 61.

78 62.

79 63.

80 64.

81 65.

82 XIV

83 66.

84 67.

85 68.

86 69.

87 70.

88 XV

89 71.

90 72.

91 73.

92 74.

93 75.

94 76.

96 XVI

97 77.

98 78.

99 79.

100 80.

101 81.

102 XVII

103 82.

104 83.

105 84.

106 85.

107 86.

108 XVIII

109 87.

110 88.

111 89.

112 90.

113 91.

114 XIX

115 92.

116 93.

117 94.

118 95.

119 96.

120 XX

121 97.

122 98.

123 99.

124 100.

125 101.

126 About the Translator

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