Pearl: A New Verse Translation by Simon ArmitagePearl: A New Verse Translation by Simon Armitage

Pearl: A New Verse Translation

Translated bySimon Armitage

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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One of our most ingenious interpreters of Middle English, Oxford Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage is celebrated for his “compulsively readable” translations (New York Times Book Review). A perfect complement to his historic translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl reanimates another beloved Medieval English masterpiece thought to be by the same anonymous author and housed in the same original fourteenth-century manuscript. Honoring the rhythms and alliterative music of the original, Armitage’s virtuosic translation describes a man mourning the loss of his Pearl—something that has “slipped away.” What follows is a tense, fascinating, and tender dialogue weaving through the throes of grief toward divine redemption. Intricate and endlessly connected, Armitage’s lyrical translation is a circular and perfected whole, much like the pearl itself.
Simon Armitage is the award-winning poet and translator of both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Death of King Arthur, as well as several works of poetry, prose, and drama. He is the Oxford Professor of Poetry.
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Title:Pearl: A New Verse TranslationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 8.24 × 5.48 × 0.4 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1631492543

ISBN - 13:9781631492549

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[An] expert translation. . . . Armitage successfully and exquisitely translates this classic poem, providing readers with a clear and complete version that honors the original. — Library Journal