Sir Gawain & the Green Knight (modern version)
A mysterious knight all in green arrives at King Arthur's court and issues a bizarre challenge. Gawain answers the knight but at what cost? This new translation keeps all the poetic power of the original's extraordinary alliteration. In doing so it brings the saga vividly to life, and in a manner that demands to be heard. One of the greatest stories of English literature f...more
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - listed here as written by Unknown, though I believe it may have been penned by that prolific Greek author Anonymous - is a classic tale from Arthurian legend in which the code of honor attributed to chivalry is heavily ensconced.
There are many interpretations of the poem's meaning, and historically speaking it's often dependent on the reader's bias. For instance, Christians latched on to the sex aspe ...more
Anyway, you probably all know the story: Arthur is about to have a New Year's feast, but accordin ...more
And I fell in love with language again. I found myself speaking aloud or mouthing them to feel the words tumbling out. For that joy, ...more
Προσωπικά μου άρεσε αρκετά!!!
Ο Πράσινος Ιππότης ανήμερα των Χριστουγέννων πηγαίνει στο Κάμελοτ και προκαλεί τους Ιππότες του Αρθούρου. Ζητάει από τον πιο γενναίο ιππότη να του δώσει ένα δυνατό χτύπημα και μετά από ένα χρόνο να τον επισκεφτεί στο Πράσινο Ξωκλήσι του ώστε να ανταποδώσει το χτύπημα αυτό. Ο πιο δυνατός Ιππότης της στρογγυλής Τράπεζας ο Σερ Γκάουεν (ο Λάνσελοτ δεν είχε εμφανιστεί ακόμα στην αυλή του Αρθούρου ...more
All of which doesn’t seem strictly relevant, except that I can’t help feeling that there’s something slightly self-conscious a ...more
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Anyway, I reread Simon Arm ...more
This translation gets right to the heart of the ME without being in ME. A wonderful translation with excellent essays in the back. If you don't feel like tackling the Middle English, but still ...more
Yes, he dozes in a daze, dreams and mutters...more
like a mournful man with his mind on dark matters-
how destiny might deal him a death-blow on the day
when he grapples with the giant in the green chapel;
of how the strike of the axe must be suffered without struggle.
But sensing her presence there he surfaces from sleep,
drags himself out of his dreams to address her.
Laughing warmly she walks towards him
and finds his face with the friendliest kiss.
In a worthy style he welcomes the
What I particularly loved about Armitage's work is his devotion to alliteration throughout the work. As he explains in his preface, the Gawain poet was writing in a form that hearkens back to Anglo-Saxon poetry, where alliteration within the line instead of rhyming at the end is key to the music of the poem. Really, his introductory musings on poetry is a big part of why I enjoyed ...more
This is a typical quest narrative; The Green Knight exposes the Knights of the Round ...more
As a bonus, try to imagine Don Quixote reading this book and acting it out. Drink some wine. You've got yourself an entertaining e ...more
Armitage's rendering of the poem sacrifices literal translation for the sake of preserving allit ...more
There are many themes: chivalry and nature, chivalry and loyalty, man and games, and others. Plus symbolism. If you are interested in the Arthurian stories, if you like folklore, if you love drama, fantasy and magic – read it!
It is worth rereading and studying.
Looking to make a name for himself, G ...more
When I read this, it was for an English class so we were compari ...more
one other technique is
this whole poetic deal
that the writer uses--
it's called the bob and wheel.
Although a cynical, jaded 2012 reader will likely find some of this a bit pietistic (or corny), it's nice to harken back to the days of chivalry, of chaste knights adamantly defending their beds from lascivious ladies, and of giant green ...more
Books whose authorship is purposefully withheld should be attributed instead to Anonymous.