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Essays on Medieval Literature

J. A. Burrow


The chapters in this book are chiefly concerned with English and Scottish writings of the 14th and 15th centuries. Those on Chaucer's Knight's Tale, Langland's second version, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Henryson's Preaching of the Swallow belong together as attempts to clarify the meaning of particular poems from this period by explaining concepts or institutions which are more or less unfamiliar nowadays: the scheme of the three ages in Chaucer, the sequence sermon-confession-pilgrimage-pardon in Langland, honour and shame in Sir Gawain, and the virtue of prudence in Henryson. Of th ... More

Keywords: Chaucer, Langland, Henryson, three ages, Canterbury Tales, new criticism, poetic language, style, context, nature ideal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1984 Print ISBN-13: 9780198111870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. A. Burrow, author