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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown
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Dec 17, 12

bookshelves: read-2009
Read in September, 2009

What is there to say? It's a classic poem that is also more than a bit boring. It doesn't help that we mostly know of it, even second or thirdhand, generally having had it summarized for us in schoolbooks. This particular translation by W.S. Merwin has the original side by side which is sort of interesting to see how much you can glean from the archaic language partially reminiscent of English, but also a little sad when you can see the death of the rhythm and alliteration and assonance. To which I would say the translation is decent. It is faithful more to content than rhythm, which I suppose is fine, if a little disapointing.

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