A Conversation for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

...I have worked on my own article about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Of course, I'm not working on it anymore... You may want to check it out, although I see that you feel your article is complete(I'm too lazy to look it over very well at all at just this moment, admittedly!!!!).

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YAY!!!

All of the work you have done is amazing... and from JUST April!??


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NexusSeven

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Thankyou! smiley - smiley

I couldn't find your Sir Gawain thing - is it an entry or something different?

And yep, I started in April. (but I did do a course on later medieval literature at university, so I guess I had a head start... smiley - winkeye )


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Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

OH WAIT!!! It was an entry...

You know what!??

I may have been a silly little muse and I might have deleted that when h2g2 came back, and it was under moderation.... SILLY DRAGONFLY!!! smiley - tongueout

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NexusSeven

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Never mind; I think I remember seeing it on your space ages and ages ago, so you might have been the subconscious inspiration for my project - in other words, you were my MUSE! smiley - wow

Ya know, I reckon that if there were more smiley - silly people in the world, it'd be a better place. smiley - winkeye


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Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

YES!!! SILLINESS IS GOOD!!! smiley - winkeye

OOO... I was your muse... how special... yeah... I recall that Beowulf was ok... but not Sir Gawain... smiley - tongueout

Bleh...

So do you study English!?? Or are you an English major!??


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NexusSeven

I studied English at university in London, so I guess that equates to 'majoring' in it (not too sure about how the US system works). smiley - smiley


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Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

COOL!!! ME TOO!!! ... But in Colorado, not London... smiley - tongueout

(And I'm not too sure how this silly education system of ours works half the time myself!!!! smiley - tongueout)


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NexusSeven

Yay!! Lit students together! smiley - hug


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Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

Lituratur Stewdents Yunite!!!


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the autist formerly known as flinch

I've just suggested that this might be a good book to start off the h2g2 reading group (or at least Tolkien's modern english translation might be). If you're up for it join in the decision at http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/classic/F19585?thread=163254&skip=0&show=20


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NexusSeven

Interesting!

Because I've studied this book to death, I hope you won't mind if I sit this one out, but I think it's a good choice! smiley - smiley

One or two cautions, though; it is a very sophisticated text because of the many arcane medieval references and attitudes reflected by the text, and so might not be suitable for the casual reader. Also, Tolkien's translation, although the touchstone and generally authoritative version of this poem, is neither the most common or the best translation available. I doubt it would be the cheapest version either.

However, when I bought and read this book, it was from a distinctly academic viewpoint, so I probably got an expensive annotated version and then didn't read it for pleasure at all, so the cautions above might be specific to me. smiley - smiley


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the autist formerly known as flinch

I was thinking of Tolkiens translation (which is published with Pearl & Sir Orfeo) into modern english, which doesn't come in an accedemic edition as far as i know.

Tolkien also edited (along with EV Gordon, and later Norman Davis) the standard Middle English text, which does have extensive accedemic note and references. |

The middle english i have read, and really enjoyed, but it was VERY hard going for me. I assumed the modern translation would be pretty much in the style of his middle earth poetry - if not more accessable - is this not the case?


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NexusSeven

As far as I can remember, it is more accessible in translation. smiley - smiley

And I guess if potential readers are fine with reading Tolkien's prose, then this wouldn't be a massive step at all. smiley - smiley


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the autist formerly known as flinch

We're not starting with that after all now - we're reading "The Time Machine" by H G Wells, perhaps a lighter read is a little more suitable for the first go!


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Dragonfly. "A poet can survive everything but a misprint"-- Oscar Wilde

COOL!!!

Soon I'll be studying Sir Gawain again... previously I did so for Brit Lit, now it is part of my Myth course... smiley - winkeye


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