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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Paperback – 5 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571223281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571223282
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drives the force of the old poem through the green Armitrage fuse. Highly charged work. --Seamus Heany, Nobel Prize-winning translator of Beowulf

Simon Armitrage's luscious version of ?Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? continues the tradition of great poet-translators such as Edward FitzGerald, Arthur Waley, and Seamus Heaney. Like them, he has taken an artifact from a remote era and made it his own, while simultaneously restoring it to itself. --John Ashbery

Brilliantly orchestrated.... Armitrage has produced a brilliantly well-tuned modern score for one of the finest surviving examples of Middle English poetry.

[Armitrage's] version inventively recreates the original's gnarled, hypnotic muscle, its vivid tableaux and landscapes, its weird, unsettling drama. --Mark Ford

A free and wonderfully offbeat version of this unusual masterpiece... fresh and startling, as though it had been written yesterday; it is rough-knuckled and yet it sings.... From start to finish, Mr. Armitrage has clearly had great fun; each of his words has been tasted with gusto. --Eric Ormsby

Full of make-believe and festivity, this wonderful narrative poem possesses a Mozartean lightness and wit. Luckily, several modern versions, particularly those by W.S. Merwin and Simon Armitrage, deftly replicate much of the feel and rhythm of the Middle English original. --Michael Dirda

I enjoyed it greatly for its kick and music; its high spirits, its many memorable passages. I enjoyed it because, like the Gawain poet, Armitrage is some storyteller. --Kevin Crossley-Holland

Armitrage makes it utterly, even compulsively readable, and as fresh as it must have been in 1400. --Brian Morton

Simon Armitrage's luscious version of ?Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? continues the tradition of great poet-translators such as Edward FitzGerald, Arthur Waley, and Seamus Heaney. Like them, he has taken an artifact from a remote era and made it his own, while simultaneously restoring it to itself. --John Ashbery"

Drives the force of the old poem through the green Armitrage fuse. Highly charged work.--Seamus Heany, Nobel Prize-winning translator of Beowulf

Brilliantly orchestrated.... Armitrage has produced a brilliantly well-tuned modern score for one of the finest surviving examples of Middle English poetry.

[Armitrage's] version inventively recreates the original's gnarled, hypnotic muscle, its vivid tableaux and landscapes, its weird, unsettling drama.--Mark Ford

A free and wonderfully offbeat version of this unusual masterpiece... fresh and startling, as though it had been written yesterday; it is rough-knuckled and yet it sings.... From start to finish, Mr. Armitrage has clearly had great fun; each of his words has been tasted with gusto.--Eric Ormsby

Full of make-believe and festivity, this wonderful narrative poem possesses a Mozartean lightness and wit. Luckily, several modern versions, particularly those by W.S. Merwin and Simon Armitrage, deftly replicate much of the feel and rhythm of the Middle English original.--Michael Dirda

I enjoyed it greatly for its kick and music; its high spirits, its many memorable passages. I enjoyed it because, like the Gawain poet, Armitrage is some storyteller.--Kevin Crossley-Holland

Armitrage makes it utterly, even compulsively readable, and as fresh as it must have been in 1400.--Brian Morton --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Simon Armitage's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a thrilling and accessible translation of the medieval poem.

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