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Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature

Rebecca Davis


Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature explores the relationship of divine creativity, poetry, and ethics in William Langland’s fourteenth-century allegory. These concerns converge in the poem’s rich vocabulary of kynde, the familiar Middle English word for nature, broadly construed. But in a remarkable coinage, Langland also uses kynde to name nature’s creator, who appears as a character in Piers Plowman. The stakes of this representation could not be greater: by depicting God as Kynde, that is, under the guise of creation itself, Langland explores the capacity of nature and of language to bea ... More

Keywords: Piers Plowman, William Langland, nature, Middle English, humanism, kynde, ethics, allegory, theology

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778400
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Davis, author
University of California, Irvine

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