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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In a Modern English Version with a Critical Introduction

Woodcuts by Fritz Kredel

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In a Modern English Version with a Critical Introduction

Woodcuts by Fritz Kredel
The classic tale of adventure, romance, and chivalry--now a major motion picture starring Dev Patel!

The adventures and challenges of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew and a knight at the Round Table, including his duel with the mysterious Green Knight, are among the oldest and best known of Arthurian stories. Here the distinguished author and poet John Gardner has captured the humor, elegance, and richness of the original Middle English in flowing modern verse translations of this literary masterpiece. Besides the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this edition includes two allegorical poems, “Purity” and “Patience”; the beautiful dream allegory “Pearl”; and the miracle story “Saint Erkenwald,” all attributed to the same anonymous poet, a contemporary of Chaucer and an artist of the first rank.
           
“Mr. Gardner has translated into modern English and edited a text of these five poems that could hardly be improved. . . . The entire work is preceded by a very fine and complete general introduction and a critical commentary on each poem.”—Library Journal

218 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1965

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Medieval Studies

Poetry

Table of Contents

Introduction and Commentary

1 The Poet

2 Conventions and Traditions in the Poems

3 The Gawain-Poet’s Vision of Reality

4 The Poet’s Dramatic Sense

5 The Pearl Group: Interpretation

 Pearl
 Purity
 Patience
 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


6 Versification and Form

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Notes

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