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Pearl (Weston translation)

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Pearl, translated by Marie Borroff, is a stunning and enchanting piece of medieval poetry that tells the story of a grief-stricken father who dreams of meeting his deceased daughter, the titular Pearl. The poem is a masterful meditation on sorrow, loss, love, and faith, and the complexities of human emotions.

The language used in this translation is beautiful and lyrical, capturing the essence of the original Middle English text while making it accessible to modern readers. The imagery is vivid and evocative, painting a picture of a mystical and otherworldly realm where the father and daughter are reunited.

One of the most striking aspects of Pearl is its exploration of Christian theology and morality, as well as its themes of redemption and salvation. The poem delves deeply into questions of divine providence and the nature of God's mercy, presenting a complex and nuanced depiction of religious faith.

Overall, Pearl is a timeless and deeply moving work of literature that will resonant with readers of all ages. Marie Borroff's translation does justice to the original text, capturing its beauty and power while making it accessible to a contemporary audience. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in medieval poetry, Christian theology, or the complexities of human emotion.

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Pearl is a structurally complex mediaeval poem that combines narrative, allegory, dream vision, elegy, affirmation of Christian faith and meditation on grief. This recording is of Jessie Laidlay Weston’s translation from the Middle English.

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