By Corinne Saunders
A better half to Medieval Poetry provides a chain of unique essays from major literary students that discover English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon interval as much as the 15th century. Organised into 3 elements to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions among the Anglo-Saxon, heart English and Post-Chaucerian sessions, every one part is brought with contextual essays, delivering a necessary creation to the society and tradition of the timeCombines a normal dialogue of genres of medieval poetry, with particular attention of texts and authors, together with Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight, Chaucer, Gower and LanglandFeatures unique essays by way of eminent students, together with Andy Orchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas grey, and Barry Windeatt, who current quite a number theoretical, old, and cultural techniques to examining medieval poetry, in addition to delivering shut research of person texts and traditions
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