By Derek Brewer, Jonathan Gibson
The essays amassed the following at the Gawain-Poet supply stimulating introductions to Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness and persistence, delivering either details and unique research. themes contain theories of authorship; the historic and social historical past to the poems, with person sections on rather very important gains inside of them; gender roles within the poems; the manuscript itself; the metre, vocabulary and dialect of the poems; and their assets. a bit dedicated to Sir Gawain investigates the information of courtesy and chivalry chanced on inside it, and explores a few of its later diversifications from the 15th to the 20th centuries. a whole bibliography completes the quantity.
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In Pearl, beginning with praise of his Pearl and sorrow for its loss, he ends glad in the sorrowful dungeon of this world that Pearl is pleasing to God, who makes of all of us both his homely labourers and his precious pearls. 4 I thought I had solved these problems in Brewer 1976, further developed in Brewer 1980, but some critics disagree, and I refrain here from pressing the case. I merely note that comments such as that in Putter 1995, 141, misunderstand and grossly misrepresent my argument.
The poet has developed a highly internalised concept of honour. Self-control bespeaks the self-conscious, inner-directed individual, with his own internal standards to be met independent of external demands Gawain is the obvious example, both with the lady, and when the guide says to him, 'Why don't you just slip off? No one will know you never met the Green Knight' (211825). God is also in much the same position: he is his own law. Though we must call such self-control inner-directed, it is nevertheless exercised continually in the poems in relation to other people; as Gawain's integrity drives him to the encounter he fears will be fatal; as God's mercy is shown to the people of Nineveh; and as the blessed in heaven, all kings and queens, yet worship Mary Queen of Courtesy.
They are about the human individual opposite another person. Jonah is having an argument with God through most of Patience. God is the King who can be obeyed or disobeyed in Cleanness. The poet-father is instructed by, or arguing with, his glorified daughter, throughout Pearl. In SGGK the network which holds all together is the network of personal obligations and relationships of which Gawain is the centre; his loyalty to Arthur, to his plighted word, and so to the Green Knight; his obligations to his host in the castle, to his host's wife as she is that, and more equivocally, as she is, or ought to be, a lady.
A companion to the Gawain-poet by Derek Brewer, Jonathan Gibson