What do you do when a giant green gatecrasher dares you to cut off his head? Well, if you

are Sir Gawain, the paragon of knighthood at King Arthur’s court, you take the dare and do

it. But when the not-so-jolly green giant picks up his head and reminds you that you must

meet him in a year to let him swing his ax at your neck in return, then what? Find out as

we read this engaging and sophisticated exploration of knightly behavior on trial for its life.

By turns comic and moving, this poem is at the pinnacle of medieval story telling.

Suggested Reading: Any translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight into modern English. W.S. Merwin’s 2002 acclaimed verse translation has the Middle English text on facing pages, and so does Simon Armitrage’s 2008 verse translation, which received glowing reviews from critics and poets (like Seamus Heaney).

Mary Rogers received an Honours A.B. in English & Philosophy at the University of Toronto, an M.A. at Seton Hall University,

and another M.A. and A.B.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. After a decade teaching at Seton Hall University,

she taught for many years at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

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