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Poetry of Chaucer

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The Poetry of Chaucer offers a reading of his poetry harmonious with the charac­ter of Chaucer as his own age knew and understood him. This new work by John Gardner is designed to comple­ment his biography of Chaucer being published by Alfred A. Knopf.

 

 

The Poetry of Chaucer is not simply one more sensitive reading of the poets work, nor is it, simply, a modern writ­ers comment on the work of one of his two greatest English predecessors. Gardners reading of the poetry of Chaucer provides a persuasive synthesis of virtually the whole body of scholarly work done on Chaucer in the past twen­ty years—the period of the critical revo­lution in Chaucerian studies. It may well be considered, for years to come, the definitive statement on how and why Chaucer wrote verse.

 

One purpose of Gardners The Poetry of Chaucer is to make the new evidence available to the nonspecialist. But Gardners larger purpose is to show how the various kinds of new evidence fit to­gether, to demonstrate how, for the reader willing to look down from the mountaintop, seemingly conflicting readings of Chaucers poetry can be recognized as parts of a harmonious whole. Gathering and assessing the results of the past twenty years of Chau­cer studies, adding striking new evi­dence derived from his own close anal­ysis of Chaucers poetry, and for the first time emphasizing the importance, throughout Chaucers work, of the most significant philosophical movement of Chaucers age, so-called Nominalism, Gardner creates a coherent image of Chaucer and Chaucers art.

About the Author

John Gardner is best known as a novelist and poet, author of Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, The Kings In­dian, and the epic poem Jason and Me­deia. He has also published childrens fiction, essays, innumerable scholarly articles, and several scholarly books. He lives in Bennington, Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809308712
Author:
Gardner, John
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Location:
Carbondale, Ill.
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Subject:
LIT014000
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series Volume:
v. 29/no. 4
Publication Date:
19780901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in

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