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This review is from: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Hardcover)
Thoroughly enjoyable, muscular, vivid, exciting rendition of this wonderful poem: I first read the original at university and loved it then. But Armitage's modernisation brings the text to life for those readers who aren't ever going to need or want to tackle Middle English. I can't recommend it too highly. It is beautifully paced, extremely detailed and accessible without in any way dumbing down. I really felt as though I was in the poem, particularly in the third and fourth sections where Gawain faces a moral dilemma.
Terrific. Simon Armitage is the true Poet Laureate of Britain, bringing our literary heritage to a fresh audience.