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A double sorrow : Troilus and Criseyde, Lavinia Greenlaw

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A double sorrow : Troilus and Criseyde
Title
A double sorrow
Title remainder
Troilus and Criseyde
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Lavinia Greenlaw
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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' takes its title from the opening line of that poem in a fresh telling of this most tortured of love affairs.
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StDuBDS
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1962-
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Greenlaw, Lavinia
Dewey number
821.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6057.R375
LC item number
D6 2015
Literary form
poetry
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  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Troilus (Legendary character)
  • Cressida (Fictitious character)
  • Poetry by individual poets
  • Troy (Extinct city)
  • Literature
Summary expansion
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 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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A double sorrow : Troilus and Criseyde, Lavinia Greenlaw
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Originally published: 2014
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0023951586
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780571284559
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
A double sorrow : Troilus and Criseyde, Lavinia Greenlaw
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2014
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0023951586
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780571284559
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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