November/December 2021 Issue – The Nordic Muse: Celebrating Sigrid Undset
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The Medieval Imagination of Sigrid Undset — Amy Fahey
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
So writes Romantic poet John Keats, in his famous sonnet “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”, likening his encounter with Homer’s works (in the Elizabethan translation by George Chapman) to a discovery of a new planet, or of the vast Pacific.
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