Author: Simon Armitage
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Published: 5 May 2016
Winner of the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation
Simon Armitage's acclaimed version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight garnered front-page reviews across two continents and confirmed his reputation as a leading translator.
This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life in care of one of the finest poets writing today.
Simon Armitage reads from Pearl here
(several related clips are also available from Faber).