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Poetry from Chaucer to Spenser (Blackwell Essential Literature)

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Publisher Comments:

Readers seeking a first introduction to the classic texts of English literature will welcome these short, pocket-sized collections. Each book in the series contains a selection of the most significant poetry or drama from a particular period. Traditional favourites are placed alongside less well-known titles, reflecting the ways in which the literary canon has changed in recent years. A succinct introduction to each volume gives readers a sense of how literature developed during the period in question.

These concise volumes are designed for general readers wishing to extend their cultural horizons and literary knowledge.

POETRY FROM CHAUER TO SPENSER gathers together some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid-fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries.

Synopsis:

Opening with extracts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and closing with Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar, this concise collection introduces readers to some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid-fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries.

Synopsis:

Opening with extracts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and closing with Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar, this concise collection introduces readers to some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid-fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries.

  • Provides a concise selection of the most important late medieval poetry.

  • Ideal for general readers, or for students needing a digest of the poetry of the period.

  • Introduces readers to the lives of the poets, their major works, and the historical context in which they were written.

About the Author

Derek Pearsall is the Gurney Professor of English at Harvard University and was Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, 1965-85.

Duncan Wu is a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in English Literature.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface.

Introduction.

1. Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400):.

From The Canterbury Tales:.

The General Prologue.

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.

The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale.

2. William Langland (fl.1375-80):.

The Vision of Piers Plowman (C-Text) (extracts).

Prologue.

Passus III.

Passus V.

Passus VI.

3. The Gawain-Poet (fl. 1390):.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Fit 3.

4. Robert Henryson (c. 1430-c. 1505):.

The Testament of Cresseid.

The Fables.

The Fox and the Wolf.

The Wolf and the Wether.

5. William Dunbar (c. 1456-c. 1515):.

Meditation in Winter.

Christ in Triumph.

The Golden Targe (extracts).

The Treatise of the Two Married Women and the Widow (extracts).

‘Timor Mortis Conturbat Me'.

6. Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-42):.

‘The longe love, that in my thought doeth harbor'.

‘Who-so list to hunt, I knowe where is an hynde'.

‘Farewell, Love, and all thy lawes for ever'.

‘My galy charged with forgetfulnes'.

‘Madame, withouten many wordes';.

‘They fle from me that sometyme did me seke'.

‘What no, perdy, ye may be sure!'.

‘Marvaill no more all-tho'.

‘Tho I cannot your crueltie constrain'.

‘To wish and want and not obtain'.

‘Some-tyme I fled the fyre that me brent'.

‘The furyous gonne is his rajing yre'.

‘My lute, awake! perfourme the last'.

‘In eternum I was ons determed'.

‘Hevyn and erth and all that here me plain'.

‘To cause accord or to agre'.

‘You that in love finde lucke and habundaunce'.

‘What rage is this? what furour of what kynd?'.

‘Is it possible?'.

‘Forget not yet the tryde entent'.

‘Blame not my lute for he must sownde'.

‘What shulde I saye'.

‘Spight hath no powre to make me sadde'.

‘I abide and abide and better abide'.

‘Stond who-so list upon the slipper toppe'.

‘Throughout the world, if it wer sought'.

‘In court to serve decked with freshe aray'.

7. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-47):.

‘When raging love with extreme payne'.

‘The soote season, that bud and blome furth bringes'.

‘Set me wheras the sonne doth perche the grene'.

‘Love, that doth raine and live within my thought'.

‘Alas, so all thinges nowe do holde their peace'.

‘Geve place, ye lovers, here before'.

Epitaph for Wyatt.

8. Edmund Spenser (1552-99):.

From The Shepherd's Calender.

January.

Index of titles and first lines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631229865
Editor:
Wu, Duncan
Editor:
Pearsall, Derek
Editor:
Wu, Duncan
Editor:
Pearsall, Derek
Author:
Wu, Duncan
Author:
Pearsall, Derek
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
Middle english, 1100-1500
Subject:
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
Subject:
English poetry -- Middle English, 1100-1500.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Subject:
English literature
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Essential Literature
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
223 x 124.5 x 20 mm 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Opening with extracts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and closing with Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar, this concise collection introduces readers to some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid-fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries.
"Synopsis" by , Opening with extracts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and closing with Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar, this concise collection introduces readers to some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid-fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries.

  • Provides a concise selection of the most important late medieval poetry.

  • Ideal for general readers, or for students needing a digest of the poetry of the period.

  • Introduces readers to the lives of the poets, their major works, and the historical context in which they were written.

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