In stanza 1, the
poet talks about Aeneas, Romulus and their offspring. Why does the poet
intentionally bring out the Greek and Roman mythological
- How does the poet use humor in
- How is King Arthur
characterized in the beginning of the poem?
- How does the poet use color and
nature to describe seasonal changes?
- Do some research into
medieval symbolism (internet, books). What associations do the following have: the color
green, green men, deer, boar, fox.
- Does Gawain's attitude
towards King Arthur remind you of anything in Beowulf? Compare Beowulf and Sir Gawain and
the Green Knight.
- Does the long elaborate
description of Sir Gawain's armor, shield, horse, etc. remind you of anything in Beowulf
- Why does the Green knight give
Gawain two feigned blows and one little but real strike?
- What moral lesson is being
taught by the poem
- Why do you think the poet
portrays the court of King Arthur the way he does?
alliterative poetry in the style of Beowulf or
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: original poetry by Paul Deane and links to epics,
resources, and essays.