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This paperback edition of Pearl, the 14th-century alliterative poem that is generally regarded as one of the greatest of medieval poems, includes an introduction, explanatory notes, a glossary with etymologies, linguistic appendices, and a bibliography.
Paperback, Reprint from sheets of the first edition, 167 pages
Published 1974 by Clarendon Press (first published 1390)
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Aug 09, 2015 Zadignose added it
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A very good Middle English poem about the mystery of God's grace, presumed written by whoever wrote Gawain and the Green Knight. The poem is, at least apparently, a consolation for the loss of a loved one. The teller of the tale has lost a very young daughter, his Pearl, and at her graveside he receives a dream-vision of Heaven which reveals to him why he should not grieve, and God's goodness and mercy is great, etcetera. But one reason the poem was very effective and affecting for me was that, ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful poems in the English language, possibly the most beautiful. In a northern dialect of Middle English. It's also one of the most complex poems in English--again, if not the most complex--which is one of the things that makes it a favorite for me.
Read introduction and interpretation.
Personally, I did not agree with Sister Hillmann's interpretation that the Dreamer is a jeweller who desires to possess the Pearl-Maiden.
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Interesting story on what it takes to enter heaven. The presence of the river sends the message home.
Dec 27, 2012 Judith rated it it was amazing
Another much loved book & well worth reading..... just ignore the words you don't know & enjoy the language
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