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Ing the loss of his Pearl something that has “slipped away” What follows is a tense fascinating and tender dialogue weaving through the throes of grief toward divine redemption Intricate and endlessly connected Armitage’s lyrical translation is a circular and perfected whole much like the pearl itself. This is an astonishingly accomplished translation

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One of our New Verse Epub #222 most ingenious interpreters of Middle English Oxford Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage is celebrated for his “compulsively readable” translations New York Times Book Review A perfect complement to his historic Pearl A PDF or translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Perhaps I would not have read this book had I not have read and loved Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Further I also would not have read Armitages s translation had I not thoroughly relished his own translation of Gawain Of course I had been exposed to both these poems in Tolkien s own versions which are bundled together in my crumbling paperback along with Sir Orfeo Yet I never uite got into Tolkien s translation of Pearl and the truth is that while I do enjoy Tolkien as a writer even as a critic I have not uite warmed up to his translations as I thought I would His versions follow the alliteration from the originals almost to a faultWhat I enjoy most about this particular translation by Armitage as well as his other translations of Gawain and also the Alliterative Death of King Arthur is how he seamlessly modernizes medieval alliterative verse by blowing his warm breath across it and making it into something which is pleasant to the ear All his translated poems are enriched by reading them aloud Pearl is most likely composed by the same author of Gawain and there is enough linguistic similitude to understand why the author of Gawain has been called the Pearl Poet The poem itself or at least the part that touches me the most is not the metaphorical imagery that gives the work its title but the very heartfelt and most real apparition of a girl presumably the poet s own daughter whom he lost before she was two This is a poem of a father s despair as he contemplates what he deems to be the unfairness of a blameless life taken so early A young girl his dead daughter appears and is blissfully radiant as a pearl She consoles her father attempting to call him out of his misery and exhorts him by suggesting that surely he could bide his time in this earthly dungeon knowing that his daughter was happier in heaven She calls her father out of his hollow existence to follow his faith and that he cannot as of yet join her although understandably he desperately wants to Whatever you may think of medieval verse you will be touched by this poem I found myself there with the Pearl Poet under the trees for a moment listening to his story of tears and blissTwo little notes to the translator publisherArmitage if you ever read this I always have your translations by my side Gawain Pearl are masterpieces but it is you have truly given these poems a breath of fresh air I am a fan both of the Pearl Poet and you as his translator Publishers Armitage s translations of Sir Gawain Death of King Arthur Pearl would make a beautiful box set

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Pearl reanimates another beloved Medieval English masterpiece thought to be by the same anonymous author and housed in the same original fourteenth century manuscript Honoring the A New Verse PDFEPUB #196 rhythms and alliterative music of the original Armitage’s virtuosic translation describes a man mourn. A beautiful translation of a Middle English poem which explores the loss of a beloved daughter and her father s vision of her in Heaven


10 thoughts on “Pearl A New Verse Translation

  1. says:

    Living for lazy mornings like the one I had today I spent a glorious hour with coffee and my current read ignoring all obligations as I immersed myself I then spent a just as blissful evening as I polished off the final few pages and here we are nowPearl is Simon Armitage's translation of the originally untitled poem created in the 1390s and believed to be the work of the same genius who penned Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Pe

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    A very good Middle English poem about the mystery of God's grace presumed written by whoever wrote Gawain and the Green Knight The poem is at least apparently a consolation for the loss of a loved one The teller of the tale has lost a very young daughter his Pearl and at her graveside he receives a dream vision of Heaven which reveals to h

  3. says:

    Perhaps I would not have read this book had I not have read and loved Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Further I also would not have read Armitages's translation had I not thoroughly relished his own translation of Gawain Of course I had been exposed to both these poems in Tolkien's own versions which are bundled together in my crumbling paperback along with Sir Orfeo Yet I never uite got into Tolkien's transla

  4. says:

    I read this book as part of the Book Riot Read Harder 2017 Challenge This challenge was to read a book of poetry in translation on a theme other than love Super specificPearl is a translation of a medieval work written ca 1390s and tells the

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    I have certain hesitations about any approach to the translation of a rhymed metrical poem that deliberately avoids end rhyme If you believe that naturalness of language is the primary criterion for the translation of a poem this will probably

  6. says:

    A beautiful translation of a Middle English poem which explores the loss of a beloved daughter and her father's vision of her in Heaven

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    The second of Simon Armitage's Middle English modernisations which I have read As with his updating of Sir Gawain here the guiding principle seems to be the preservation of the original's alliterative uality I enjoyed Sir Gawain but I am less certain about Pearl It is a enigmatic poem of course a dream vision of the City of God of which parts are verbatim reproductions of Bible verse Fundamentally I'm not sur

  8. says:

    Having read Gawain and the Green Knight multiple times with much pleasure I picked up Pearl expecting something amazing After all we’re tol

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    This is an astonishingly accomplished translation

  10. says:

    I love alliterative verse