4.19. Patience

The Gawain-Poet in Patience stresses the need to learn patience.  Newhauser [NEWHAUSER97] (p.261) rather over-stresses this when he says “The poem enforces the impression that the poet himself was hard at work learning the lesson of patience” .

Faced with a new life in exile, a new language, and new responsibilities, James Cottrell certainly had need to learn patience.