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Translated by Marie Borroff
Softcover, 39 pages
Pearl is one of the great medieval religious poems--en elegy, deeply moving in human terms; an allegory; and a narrative of enlightenment and, ultimately, of consoloation. It is now, at last, made accessible to the modern reader in a new translation by the distinguished scholar Marie Borroff, whose verse translation of the great Arthurian romance, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, has already become an established classic.
In many ways, Professor Borroff is the ideal translator: a published poet and a dedicated student and teacher of medieval literature. She reproduces not only the spirit of the original, but also its highly intricated metrical and rhyme patterns: the result is a poem in its own right.
The apparatus should enable the poem to be read by any modern readers. Professor Borroff has included a detailed explanation of the poem's meter, a list of books for further reading, and a comprehensive introduction. Among the topics taken up in the introduction are the poem's thematic links with other medieval poems, especially Gawain (the two poems are found in the same manuscript and may have been written by the same poet); the story; the symbolism and theme; the literary background; the design of the poem and its significance; and a discussion of the translation.
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