A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde

A Double Sorrow Troilus and Criseyde Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award When Chaucer composed Troilus and Criseyde he gave us some say his finest poem and with it one of the most captivating love stories ever written A Double

  • Title: A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde
  • Author: Lavinia Greenlaw
  • ISBN: 9780571284542
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Poetry Award.When Chaucer composed Troilus and Criseyde he gave us, some say, his finest poem, and with it one of the most captivating love stories ever written A Double Sorrow, Lavinia Greenlaw s new work, takes its title from the opening line of that poem in a fresh telling of this most tortured of love affairs.Set against the Siege of TroShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Poetry Award.When Chaucer composed Troilus and Criseyde he gave us, some say, his finest poem, and with it one of the most captivating love stories ever written A Double Sorrow, Lavinia Greenlaw s new work, takes its title from the opening line of that poem in a fresh telling of this most tortured of love affairs.Set against the Siege of Troy, A Double Sorrow is the story of Trojan hero Troilus and his beloved Criseyde, whose traitorous father has defected to the Greeks and has persuaded them to ask for his daughter in an exchange of prisoners In an attempt to save her, Troilus suggests that Criseyde flees the besieged city with him, but she knows that she will be universally condemned and looks instead to a temporary measure pretending to submit to the exchange, while promising Troilus that she will return to him within ten days But once in the company of the Greeks she soon realises the impossibility of her promise to Troilus, and in despair succumbs to another.Lavinia Greenlaw s pinpoint retelling of this heart wrenching tale is neither a translation nor strictly a version of Chaucer s work, but instead creates something new a sequence of glimpses from the medieval poem that refine the psychological drama of the classical story through a process of detonation or amplification of image and phrase into original poems In a series of skillfully crafted seven line vignettes, the author creates a zoetrope that serves to illuminate the intensity with which these characters argue each other and themselves into and out of love The result is a breathtaking and shattering read contemporary and timeless that builds into an unforgettable telling of this most heartbreaking of love stories.

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    1. Loosely based on Geoffrey Chaucer's poem about the tragic lovers from Troy, this retelling reads like a rolling set of waves, with drama and tension going up and down as the action moves through the tale and ends when the wave finally crashes onto the beach and our hero's suffering ends. The tale is told in 7 lined verses, and the language is from another time yet still a joy to read today.

    2. A beautiful book in all senses. The artwork on the cover, the heft of a hardback with beautiful paper and then the wonderful poetry and a story reworked for the twenty first century. It was a pleasure to pick up and read and one that I will return to often.

    3. Lovely. A recommended read for people who feel nervous about poetry or classics - and for those of us who don't!

    4. Hauntingly, stunningly beautiful verse. Greenlaw's images are stark and sensual by turns, and the gorgeous book design helps lead the mind and eye through them.

    5. Gorgeous telling of the Chaucer's story of Troilus and Criseyde, pared down to the essentials and all the more beautiful for it. Gets to the heart of the eternal themes of obsession, pursuit, and separation that have made this story connect with us through the centuries.

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