Poem Review: “Sir Orfeo”

Okay, so I’m categorising this alongside my “Poem Reviews”, but technically “Sir Orfeo” is a lay, which is a short form of poetic narrative that tells a story with some kind of a moral message. You can read "Sir Orfeo" for free online here (this is the Laskaya and Salisbury edition, which is the version that …

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“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”: Poem Review

A few weeks back, I wrote a poem review for "Pearl", which is a short, Christian poem originally written in Middle English. As I mentioned then, the anonymous poet who wrote "Pearl", has had three other texts attributed to them: "Patience", "Cleanness" and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". The latter of these is much …

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“Pearl”: Poem Review

Generally speaking, poems are quite difficult things to review. They can be extremely emotive and personal, their meanings subjective to the reader's perspective and background. To review such a personal thing can therefore seem harsh and unfeeling. Despite this, however, there are some poems, such as epic poems and poems which act as stories and …

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“The Odyssey”: Poem Review

The Odyssey is one of the greatest tales of all time, renowned for its influences over other works, its critical commentary of the human condition, and, more importantly, its story. Unlike Homer's earlier work, The Iliad, The Odyssey is a complex poem with numerous embedded narrators and a non-linear storyline, its protagonist and hero, Odysseus, reflecting on many …

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