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|Download Ebook é Pearl ¸ This Paperback Edition Of Pearl, The Th Century Alliterative Poem That Is Generally Regarded As One Of The Greatest Of Medieval Poems, Includes An Introduction, Explanatory Notes, A Glossary With Etymologies, Linguistic Appendices, And A Bibliography 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 him why he should not grieve, and God s goodness and mercy is great, etcetera But one reason the poem was very effective and affecting for me was that, despite offering us this hope and consolation, it is ultimately quite expressive of the man s profound and inconsolable sense of loss Even knowing that his daughter has been given God s highest grace and mercy, and that she will dwell eternal in heaven, we or I feel the man s sense of doubt and bewilderment, as he s forced to continue dwelling on earth, and he s not fully capable of understanding God s infinite goodness while he is and we are still trapped in the finite and temporal but real badness of sin and suffering, loss and deprivation.The theological content of the poem is an elucidation of the parable in which a lord hires workers for his vineyard, and gives equal pay to those who arrived in the eleventh hour with those who toiled throughout the day, and thus in God s granting of Grace which cannot be earned, by the way, in case you forgot , the first shall be last and the last shall be first I enjoyed the exercise of reading through the Middle English version, and with time some of it became clearer though I m not sure I fully comprehended what happens to other goats of golf that never charred Well anyway, you could always read one of the good modernizations, as I did it does read well in translation. 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 quality 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 sure the numinous subject matter is so suited to the artificial alliteration as was the pastoral tale of Sir Gawain A description of the hunt, of the earthy disembowelling of the kill, of the knight s weaponry and habiliments, suits the tactile quality which Armitage s language achieves There is none of that in Pearl, except for a line near the very beginning in which the narrator imagines his deceased love now clad in clods oh black soil, you blot and spoil my precious pearl without a spot.Afterwards, in a dream vision characteristic of medieval literature, we witness a conversation between dreamer and dreamed of, father and child It lacks the limpidity which makes the Bible so easy to read, and descended at times into to my ears gibbering silliness This was not helped by the poem s elaborate structure, broken into twelve line stanzas, with first and last lines made to repeat each other and echo into the next Thus we get a regular repetition of priceless pearl and other metaphors pushed past their point of expiry such as the narrator being a jeweller missing his jewel And the dj sound is not the best our language offers to the alliterator, considerBut gentle jeweller, if you are dejected at the loss of a gem which lent you such joySo begins a twelve line stanza which ends in I judge you to be no natural jeweller. All of which gets in the way of emotion and meaning Things pick up towards the end when the conversation stops and we get a very detailed again in the vivid medieval mode portrait of the new Jerusalem This review is of Armitage than the anonymous poet The original was an alliterative piece itself I wonder if it reads easily than this Armitage says that, though a contemporary of Chaucer, the Gawain Pearl poet is harder to understand, employing a midlands dialect which did not spread so far in time as Chaucer s cosmopolitan vernacular I m sure I ll return to it again in the future. so beautiful and complicated and very enjoyable to read we ll see if that holds true after dissecting it for essays