The Catholic Culture Podcast: 111 – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Aug 2, 2021

Today we discuss one of the greatest Arthurian tales, told by one of the most virtuosic poets in the history of English, an anonymous priest of the 14th century. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells us a lot about courtesy, original sin, and grace, all bound up in an enormously entertaining story about a giant, decapitation-surviving green knight.

Poet and critic Anthony Esolen joins the show to discuss the poem, its Middle English dialect, and the tradition of alliterative verse.

Watch the discussion on YouTube:


Marie Boroff’s translation of the complete works of the Gawain poet

Simon Armitage’s facing-page translation including the original Middle English

Dana Gioia essay, “Accentual Verse”

Magdalen College, where Esolen teaches, still has spaces open in its 2021 freshman class!

Anthony Esolen, The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord

Esolen is his poem The Hundredfold

Esolen discusses Stagecoach on Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

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