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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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'Armitage rises to the challenge of translating this mysterious tale of chivalry, supernatural forces and seduction.' -- Sunday Times
'Crisp, fun and true to its original alliterative rhythm.' -- Sunday Herald
'It might even be the best translation of any poem I've ever seen.' -- Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Paperback Choice of the Week
'With deceptively simple lyricism and energy the poem sings from the page.'
-- Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Simon Armitage's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a thrilling and accessible translation of the medieval poem.See all Product description
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Armitage adds a nice introduction, suggesting how we can find a contemporary resonance in the poem. Gawain's story is not merely an exploration of Christian morality, but also, through vivid imagery of the natural world, aims to remind us of our own relationship with our nature and with nature as we find it all around us. The Green Knight is green for a reason (he thinks).
With sorrow, I finished the poem, only to find that I had the previous day missed a repeat on BBC4 of a programme by Simon Armitage on the journey of Sir Gawain! How bizarre can that be - it's not crossed my mind for 35 years, and then in the very week I read it again there is a programme by its author! Thankfully, BBC iplayer came to the rescue, and after viewing the programme, I promptly started to re-read the poem to discover new delights. This is a tale worth reading, and re-reading again - since every reading uncovers new details and new wonders at the use of the language.
Simon Armitage has done English literature a massive service via this masterpiece, and I commend this volume to anybody who has read a previous version, anybody who saw the BBC4 programme, and anybody who wants an effortless romp through medieaval humour, chivalry, symbolism, lust, human fraility and moral dilemmas. And don't put it back on the shelf afterwards - keep it handy, because you can always dip-in at random for some choice passages or start from the beginning again and discover new gems.
Terrific. Simon Armitage is the true Poet Laureate of Britain, bringing our literary heritage to a fresh audience.
This is not a criticism of the 99p Kindle download, as you will actually get a lot of texts, including the original poem, but it is a criticism of the summary of what is said you will get, and the reviews which mention Simon Armitage. If that is the version you are after (as I was) find a different download.