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S 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. I have certain hesitations about any approach to the translation of a rhymed metrical poem that deliberately avoids end rhyme If you believe that naturalness of language is the primary

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Pearl A New Verse Translation

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 reanimate. A very good Middle English poem about the mystery of God s grace presumed written by whoever wrote Gawain and the Green Knight The poem is at least apparently a consolation for the los

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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. Having read Gawain and the Green Knight multiple times with much pleasure I picked up Pearl expecting something amazing After all we re told the same poet composed this work Unfortun


10 thoughts on “Pearl A New Verse Translation

  1. says:

    Living for lazy mornings like the one I had today I spent a glorious hour with coffee and my current read ignoring all obligations as I immersed myself I then spent a just as blissful evening as I polished off the final f

  2. says:

    A very good Middle English poem about the mystery of God's grace presumed written by whoever wrote Gawain and the Green Kni

  3. says:

    Perhaps I would not have read this book had I not have read and loved Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Further I also would not have read Armitages's translation had I not thoroughly relished his own translation of Gawain O

  4. says:

    I read this book as part of the Book Riot Read Harder 2017 Challenge This challenge was to read a book of poetry in translation on a theme other than love Super specificPearl is a translation of a medieval work

  5. says:

    I have certain hesitations about any approach to the translation of a rhymed metrical poem that deliberately avoids end rhyme If you believe

  6. says:

    A beautiful translation of a Middle English poem which explores the loss of a beloved daughter and her father's vision of her in Heaven

  7. says:

    The second of Simon Armitage's Middle English modernisations which I have read As with his updating of Sir Gawain here the guiding principle seems to be the preservation of the original's alliterative uality I enjoyed Sir Gawain but I am less certain about Pearl It is a enigmatic poem of course a dream vision of the City of God of which par

  8. says:

    Having read Gawain and the Green Knight multiple times with much pleasure I picked up Pearl expecting something amazing After all we’re told the same poet composed this work Unfortunately I was disappointed The

  9. says:

    This is an astonishingly accomplished translation

  10. says:

    I love alliterative verse