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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Hardback) By (author) Simon Armitage


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    Description"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager. The virtuous Gawain accepts, and decapitates the intruder with his own axe. Gushing blood, the knight reclaims his head, orders Gawain to seek him out a year hence, and departs. Next Yuletide Gawain dutifully sets forth. His quest for the Green Knight involves a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dream-like castle, a dire challenge answered, and a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing. Simon Armitage's new version is meticulously responsible to the tact and sophistication of the original - but responsible equally to its own persuasive claims to be read as an original new poem. It is as if, six hundred years apart, two northern poets set out on a journey through the same mesmeric landscapes - acoustic, physical and metaphorical - in the course of which the Gawain poet has finally found his true and long-awaited translator.

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Armitage
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571223275
    ISBN 10: 0571223273

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 821.914
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
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    Thema V1.0: DCF
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    04 January 2007
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    Author Information
    Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. He is a prize-winning poet and works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and playwright. Previous titles include Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, CloudCuckooLand, Killing Time and The Universal Home Doctor.