Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

Paperback | October 15, 2008

EditorHelen CooperTranslated byKeith Harrison

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Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, with its intricate plot of enchantment and betrayal is probably the most skilfully told story in the whole of the English Arthurian cycle. Originating from the north-west midlands of England, it is based on two separate and very ancient Celtic motifs of theBeheading and the Exchange of Winnings, brought together by the anonymous 14th century poet. His telling comprehends a great variety of moods and modes - from the stark realism of the hunt-scenes to the delicious and dangerous bedroom encounters between Lady Bercilak and Gawain, from moments of purelyric beauty when he evokes the English countryside in all its seasons, to authorial asides that are full of irony and puckish humour. This new verse translation uses a modern alliterative pattern which subtly echoes the music of the original at the same time as it strives for fidelity.

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Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, with its intricate plot of enchantment and betrayal is probably the most skilfully told story in the whole of the English Arthurian cycle. Originating from the north-west midlands of England, it is based on two separate and very ancient Celtic motifs of theBeheading and the Exchange of Winnings, brought...

Australian born-poet and translator Keith Harrison taught for 30 years at Carleton College, Minnesota. He has published many books of poetry and translation including Points in a Journey (Macmillan), The Basho Poems (Minneapolis) and A Burning of Applewood (Northfield, Black Willow). Helen Cooper is Professor of English Language and L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540160

ISBN - 13:9780199540167

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionThe poetThe romance backgroundThe poemThe poetics of Sir Gawain and the Green KnightTranslator's NoteSelect BibliographyChronologyExplanatory Notes