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The death of King Arthur (edition 2012)
The Death of King Arthur by Simon Armitage
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King Arthur comes to vivid life in this gripping poetic translation by the renowned poet and translator.First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthure, or, The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most widely beloved and spectacularly alliterative poems ever penned in Middle English. Now, from the internationally acclaimed translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, comes this magisterial new presentation of the Arthurian tale, rendered in unflinching and gory detail. Following Arthur's bloody conquests across the cities and fields of Europe, all the way to his spectacular and even bloodier fall, this masterpiece features some of the most spellbinding and poignant passages in English poetry. Never before have the deaths of Arthur's loyal knights, his own final hours, and the subsequent burial been so poignantly evoked.
Echoing the lyrical passion that so distinguished Seamus Heaney's Beowulf, Simon Armitage has produced a virtuosic new translation that promises to become both the literary event of the year and the definitive edition for generations to come.
(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:11:39 -0400)
'The Alliterative Morte Arthure' - the title given to a 4000 line poem written sometime around 1400 - was part of a medieval Arthurian revival. Simon Armitage's new translation restores a neglected masterpiece of story-telling, by bringing vividly to life its entirely medieval mix of ruthlessness and restraint.
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