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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Close Verse Translation
edited by Larry D. Benson
foreword by Daniel Donoghue
West Virginia University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-935978-63-3 | Paper: 978-1-933202-89-1
Library of Congress Classification PR2065.G3A332 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 821.1


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late fourteenth-century Middle English alliterative romance outlining an adventure of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table. In this poem, Sir Gawain accepts a challenge from a mysterious green warrior. In a struggle to uphold his oath along this quest, Gawain demonstrates chivalry, loyalty, and honor.  This new verse translation of the most popular and enduring fourteenth century romance to survive to the present offers students an accessible way of approaching the literature of medieval England without losing the flavor of the original writing. The language of Sir Gawain presents considerable problems to present-day readers as it is written in the West Midlands dialect before English became standardized. With a foreword by David Donoghue, the close verse translation includes facing pages of the original fourteenth-century text and its modern translation.

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