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Medieval twittering: Simon Armitage’s enticing translation of a Middle English poem

Medieval twittering: Simon Armitage’s enticing translation of a Middle English poem

‘Few people will have heard of The Owl and the Nightingale and fewer will have read it, but it is arguably the greatest early Middle English poem we have, and quite unlike most people’s idea of what a medieval poem should be.’

Nick Spencer reviews a neglected medieval poem for Prospect.

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently ‘The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable’ (Bloomsbury, 2017), ‘The Evolution of the West’ (SPCK, 2016) and ‘Atheists: The Origin of the Species’ (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Posted 31 October 2021

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