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Pearl

Simon Armitage

The Poet Laureate’s new version of the Middle English poem

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£7.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571302970
Date Published
01.06.2017
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Summary

Pearl is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Middle English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life in the care of one of the finest poets writing today.

Critic Reviews

'[Armitage] conveys that feeling of the almost-but-not-quite comprehensible, the feeling that can make medieval art at once eerie and wonderful.'

New Yorker
Critic Reviews

Armitage decorates his faithful translation freely with bold flourishes [and] works with the woodcut vigour of the oral tradition.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

'His Pearl has reanimated a strange, marvellous work at once far distant in time and brought vividly into the present.'

Sydney Morning Herald
SimonArmitage

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, his collections of poetry include Seeing Stars (2010), The Unaccompanied (2017), Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (2019), Magnetic Field (2020) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He writes extensively for television…

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