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Lancelot; or, The Knight of the Cart by Chrétien de Troyes
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Mar 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: medieval-literature, romance, poetry
Read in March, 2010

A beautiful romance, and probably my favorite of Chretien's for both its tightness and its imagery. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale. Cline's translation, too, was very good, avoiding forced rhymes and modernisms to a very satisfying degree. Unfortunately, though, I found Lancelot to be more difficult to read than her others (particularly Yvain), and I think this comes from a preference, not from her skill. Most of her rhyming couplets seem to form semantic pairs, making it for me more difficult to scan. In Yvain, on the other hand, lines flow more easily into one another, only here and there appearing to be rhymed at all. I prefer this style to that used in Lancelot, though again, this is only preference, and is nit-picking details in a translation I wholly respect and enjoy.

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