Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Burton Raffel
Signet, 2001 - Fiction - 144 pages
18 Reviews
During a Christmas feast at Camelot, King Arthur and his knights are interrupted by a monstrous green-skinned knight who offers them a simple but deadly challenge. Sir Gawain accepts this challenge, which will force him to choose between his honor and his life. Written by an unknown 14th century poet, this beloved tale is translated from the Old English.

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Review: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

User Review  - Chelsea K. - Goodreads

I can't believe I haven't read this before now! This poem is wonderful. It's structured in so many different ways -- almost too structured at first glance, but it all serves to highlight this extreme ... Read full review

Review: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

User Review  - Lincoln - Goodreads

I read “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” translated by Burton Raffel. This narrative poem is about the Green Knight who travels to Camelot to challenge King Arthur to a game. The main characters of ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Burton Raffel has taught English, Classics, and Comparative Literature at universities in the United States, Israel, and Canada. His books include translations of Beowulf, Horace: Odes, Epodes, Epistles, Satires, The Complete Poetry and Prose of Chairil Anwar, From the Vietnamese, Ten Centuries of Poetry, The Complete Poetry of Osip Emilevich, Mandelstram (with Alla Burago), and Poems From the Old English and The Annotated Milton; several critical studies, Introduction to Poetry, How to Read a Poem, The Development of Modern Indonesian Poetry, and The Forked Tounge: A Study of the Translation Process; and Mia Poems, a volume of his own poetry. Mr. Raffel practiced law on Wall Street and taught in the Ford Foundation's English Language Teacher Training Project in Indonesia.

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