Gawain Poet Complete Works - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, Cleanness, Pearl, Saint Erkenwald

ISBN-10: 0393912353
ISBN-13: 9780393912357
Edition: 2011
Authors: Marie Borroff
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Description: Pearl, a dream vision, presents its poignant story of the education of a misguided Christian soul in metrically intricate and verbally ornate stanzas that add up to an overarching numerical design. Together with these two, Patience, Cleanness, and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Pearl, a dream vision, presents its poignant story of the education of a misguided Christian soul in metrically intricate and verbally ornate stanzas that add up to an overarching numerical design. Together with these two, Patience, Cleanness, and Saint Erkenwald make up the complete works of their anonymous author. All exhibit the dramatizing powers and metrical virtuosity of a master-poet. But none became part of the established literary canon until the second half of the nineteenth century, when the single manuscript copies in which they survive were edited and printed. Taken together, these works offer us a wide-ranging portrait of life in the late Middle Ages from the point of view of an independent-minded, learned, and cosmopolitan Englishman, a man as conversant with the conduct of life in great households as with Christian tradition and doctrine. He knew, among other things, how to sail a medieval passenger ship from its mooring to open sea, how to dress the carcass of a deer or a boar at the end of a royal hunt, and how a knight might flatter a noble and beautiful lady in the most intimate of situations while politely evading her seductive overtures.

Note
Acknowledgments
General Introduction
Patience
Introduction
Patience
Notes
Biblical Sources
Cleanness
Introduction
Cleanness
Notes
Biblical Sources
Pearl
Introduction
Pearl
Notes
Biblical Sources
Saint Erkenwald
Introduction
Saint Erkenwald
Notes
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Introduction
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Notes
The Authorship of Saint Erkenwald
The Metrical Forms
Selected Bibliography

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