Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written anonymously and first published in the late 14th century. The poem incorporates glorious descriptions of an imagined past as a backdrop for the test of Gawain and combines three elements of a chivalric romance: challenge, temptation, and an exchange of winnings.


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Literary Devices

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