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Cliges [Hardcover]

Chretien de Troyes , Professor Burton Raffel

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July 21 1997 Chretien De Troyes Romances
In this translation of "Cliges", the second of five surviving Arthurian poems by 12th-century French poet Chretien de Troyes, Burton Raffel captures the original. In this poem, Chretien creates his most artful plot and paints the most starkly medieval portraits of any of his romances. The world he describes has few of the safeguards and protections of civilization: battles are brutal and merciless, love is anguished and desperate. "Cliges" tells the story of the unhappy Fenice, trapped in a marriage of constraint to the emperor of Constantinople. fenice feigns death, then awakens to a new happy life with her lover. Popular in their own time, each chapter of Chretien's great verse romances is a fast-paced psychologically oriented narrative. In a rational and realistic manner, Chretien probes the inner workings of his characters and the world they live in, evoking the people, their customs, and their values in clear, emotionally charged verse. "Cliges" is filled with Chretien's barbs and bawdiness, his humour and his pleasure, his affection and his contempt. It is the work of a individualistic poet, brought to modern English readers by Raffel's poetic translation in a metric form invented specifically to reflect Chretien's narrative speed and tone.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (July 21 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300070209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300070200
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.3 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 467 g

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Review

"Rhyming vocabulary that sustains the narrative flow and ambience of the Arthurian universe . . . An extraordinary work that represents laudable achievement."--"South Atlantic Review" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ruth Harwood Cline is a research associate in the department of history at Georgetown University. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the teacher recommended. July 1 2013
By Marcela Serafini - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was for my son. The teacher specifically recommended the transaltion by Chretien de Troyes, which is very hard to find. Amazon was the only one that had it available! We got it very promptly and it worked great for my son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early King Arthur May 6 2011
By Tony Marquise Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellant translation by Burton Raffel, this one by a French poet who lived in the early Middle Ages. Excrllant book, not as great as Beowulf, but a very enjoyable read.

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