The Owl and the Nightingale (Hardback)
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The Owl and the Nightingale (Hardback)

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Hardback 100 Pages
Published: 07/10/2021
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Featured on the BBC Radio 4 podcast The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed, Armitage’s witty and engaging retelling of the seminal poem breathes new life into a charming tale of wide-ranging avian dialogue.

Following his acclaimed translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl, Simon Armitage shines light on another jewel of Middle English verse. In his highly engaging version, Armitage communicates the energy and humour of the tale with all the cut and thrust of the original.

An unnamed narrator overhears a fierce verbal contest between the two eponymous birds, which moves entertainingly from the eloquent and philosophical to the ribald and ridiculous. The disputed issues still resonate - concerning identity, cultural habits, class distinctions and the right to be heard.

Excerpts were featured in the BBC Radio 4 podcast, The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed. Including the lively illustrations of Clive Hicks-Jenkins, this is a book for the whole household to read and enjoy.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571357291
Number of pages: 100
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 211 x 165 x 15 mm
Edition: Main

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“Seeing old friends in a new light - a review of The Owl and The Nightingale by poet laureate Simon Armitage”

This is a beautifully crafted book in both the writing and the illustrations. Simon Armitage conveys the arguments of his two female medieval avian antagonists wittily and in a way we modern readers can easily relate... More

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“Seeing old friends in a new light - a review of The Owl and The Nightingale by poet laureate Simon Armitage”

This book has been beautifully crafted both in the poetry and in the illustrations, resulting in a powerful reworking of this medieval poem. The witty, colourful account of these ancient protagonists vividly reflects... More

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