Pearl: A New Verse Translation by Marie Borroff. WW Norton, 1977. First edition.
Vintage softcover. Black remainder mark on bottom fore edge. No markings inside. Very good condition.
"Pearl is a rich and deeply complex poem composed during a period of radical change in the English language. The poem’s complex structures occur at the level of the line, the stanza, the section, and indeed the whole poem. Within the line, the poet employed both the alliterative verse familiar to previous eras and also a strict end-rhyme scheme that would have pleased his contemporary readers. The stanzas are linked by repeated phrases and near refrains, and the ending stanza echoes the first. Beyond concerns of craft, Pearl is a poignant narrative of grief, longing, love, and faith."-World Literature Today