Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A Close Verse Translation
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: West Virginia University Press
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Both of us owe thanks to Pat Conner for initiating the process by which West Virginia University Press undertook this publication. Daniel thanks Larry for the invitation to collaborate and for good conversations over Mexican food. Larry owes thanks to many, such...
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When Larry Benson first described his project to translate Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I was skeptical. It wasn’t just the thought that other translations have appeared in recent years. “Why another?” is easily answered if the translation is good, and Benson has every credential a translator needs, because his ties to...
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A Note on the Middle English Original Text
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The Middle English text, edited by Donoghue, accepts for the most part the emendations found in Davis’s revision of Gordon and Tolkien’s edition (1967), with the following exceptions: Ticius (11), glaumande (line 46), cayreӡ (734), nyӡt (929), ӡif (2343). It retains the letter yogh <ӡ> from the manuscript in word-final position when...
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1 Siþen þe sege and þe assaut watӡ sesed at Troye,
Þe borӡ brittened and brent to brondeӡ and askeӡ,
Þe tulk þat þe trammes of tresoun þer wroӡt
Watӡ tried for his tricherie, þe trewest on erþe...
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This hanselle hatӡ Arthur of auenturus on fyrst
In ӡonge ӡer, for he ӡerned ӡelpyng to here.
Thaӡ hym wordeӡ were wane when þay to sete wenten,
Now ar þay stoken of sturne werk, stafful her hond...
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Ful erly bifore þe day þe folk vprysen,
Gestes þat go wolde hor gromeӡ þay calden,
And þay busken vp bilyue blonkkeӡ to sadel,
Tyffen her takles, trussen her males...
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Now neӡeӡ þe Nw Ӡere, and þe nyӡt passeӡ,
Þe day dryueӡ to þe derk, as Dryӡtyn biddeӡ;
2000 Bot wylde wedereӡ of þe worlde wakned þeroute,
Clowdes kesten kenly þe colde to þe erþe...
About the Author, Back Cover
Page Count: 186
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Medieval European Studies
Series Editor Byline: Patrick Conner