the owl and the nightingale
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 fiery 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. .
hardback, 100 pages.
16.5cm x 21.1cm