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Medieval and Renaissance Poets : Langland to Spenser
Medieval and Renaissance Poets Langland to Spenser Author:W. H. Auden (Editor), Norman Holmes Pearson (Editor) The poetry in this volume represents that portion of the great poetry of Christendom that was written in English - at first in Middle English, but soon in our own tongue - from the fourteenth century through much of the sixteenth. Its beginnings in the Middle Ages have special meaningfulness for us today, when we are beset by the need to redisco... more »ver the unity that was then felt between man and society, feeling and intellect. In the development of allegory, particularly, we find one of its characteristic modes. Following on through these wide-ranging selections, we get an illuminating view of the pre-Shakespearean poetic temper, when verse was universally the popular medium for instruction and entertainment.
In addition to Auden's brilliant introduction to the period, this volume contains a helpful guide to the poems in Middle English, and footnote glossaries of unfamiliar words.« less