Stanzaic Symmetry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  title={Stanzaic Symmetry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight},
  author={M. Robertson},
  pages={779 - 785}
Apparent structural symmetries have long been noted in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.1 But Donald Howard's view of the symmetrical structure of the poem describes parallels between parts 2 and 4 and parts 3 and 4, and Kent Hieatt and Hans Kasmann describe symmetries within part 3, which seem to leave the first part of the poem a mere introduction. Is it not odd that the poet who achieved the degree of structural balance evident in the twenty sections and 101 stanzas of Pearl should have… Expand
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Isidore, in his Liber numerorum (PL 83:191) states: "In Scripturis autem undenario numero transgressio praecepti significatur, sive diminutio sanctitatis
  • the City of God 15.20, trans. Henry Bettenson
  • 1929