Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

by Simon Armitage

Paperback(A New Verse Translation)

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ISBN-13: 9780393334159
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Edition description: A New Verse Translation
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 54,232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Simon Armitage is the award-winning poet and translator of both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Death of King Arthur, as well as several works of poetry, prose, and drama. He is the Oxford Professor of Poetry.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A New Verse Translation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Osbaldistone on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I read W.S. Merwin's 2002 verse translation of this medieval poem, and so thoroughly enjoyed his rendering that I flagged it to read again. However, I heard good things about Armitage's translation, so bought it to add to my library. Figuring I'd read it someday, I flipped to the first page of the translation to see what it was like, and was immediately pulled into the narrative by the now familiar setup combined with Armitage's rich and accessible style. Being at work, I had to put it down, but I was reading it at home that night after everyone else was in bed.The story is marvelous (in more ways than one), but a side-by-side translation would be preferred. Armitage strikes a gentle balance between contemporary, accessible verse and keeping the otherworldly feel of the original. I say 'otherworldly' in reference to how far removed we are from the time and culture in which the original was written. Armitage emulates the beat (and off-beats) of the original. He also uses alliteration much as in the original, and this added layer contributes much to the power of the text.This story of chivalry, loyalty, fear, faith, doubt, and duty has a lot to say to our world. As with the Bible, a new and faithful translation can open up previously un-seen or unappreciated windows onto the landscape of a story. Armitage has added a new voice to an ancient tale, and I highly recommend it.Os.
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing 4 days ago
A great translation- I thought the endnotes were especially helpful. I had to read the book for English, but it made me interested in the genre as a whole. I want to read more now about Arthur and Camelot. I never realized that there were these intricate stories that went deeper into the legend of King Arthur.
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believe_in_miracles More than 1 year ago
This is a legendary story with a world of meaning applicable to any generation. As in any knightly adventure, there is a challenge and a quest, and in that, there is suspense to spare. Foremost, however, among the strengths of this story is the allegory of life. Gawain, the young nephew of King Arthur, takes on a quest, knowing that his only right to do so is that he is a relative of the king. In his own strength, he faces death, knowing that he, unlike his opponent, the Green Knight, will not pick up his head from the ground and walk away. Yet, his sense of honor to his king will not allow him to miss his pledged meeting with the Green Knight. While his moment of encounter is admirable, he has, at this point, kept a magic girdle, given to him by the wife of a kind lord who allows Gawain to stay at his castle while he is on his quest. The girdle has the power to save Gawain's life. This added element brings his honor into question, but, thankfully, the story does not end there. The confrontation with the Green Knight is a lesson learned in confession, repentance, and restoration as Gawain is faced with the reality of who he is and who he can be. The green girdle, at the end, is no longer a mark of shame, but a mark of honor. Readers will surely identify with the young Gawain, who faces a grave sin for a knight, but in facing it, moves beyond it to a life of true honor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to get the "sample" to get a feel for how it reads... A seven page sample; one page is the cover, one title page, one table of contents page, and four pages of the introduction...this all helped not a bit. I have over 4200 books in my nook, and this is the first sample I have tried, glad I did not do it earlier. Sorry, cannot review, but the cover looks nice, can we judge a book by the cover perchance ?