Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

On Monday I had the opportunity to attend the Intellectual Traditions lecture on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight presented by Professor Tom Stillinger. It was informative, as it dealt not with the plot but with some themes I had not considered in my own reading. Professor Stillinger discussed the linear and cyclical shapes of the poem in time, verse form, and symbolism. He also read a section in Middle English, which helped demonstrate why the poem would have appealed to a scholar like J.R.R. Tolkien, one of its noted translators.

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