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By Michael Alexander

ISBN-10: 0333913973

ISBN-13: 9780333913970

A heritage of English Literature offers a accomplished survey of 1 of the richest and oldest literatures on the earth. offered as a story, and usable as a piece of reference, this article bargains an account of literature from the beginnings of English till the current day. the writer starts off through studying the scope of this sort of heritage by way of time, position, and the that means of "English". The classical prestige of any specific paintings is open to problem, and the inspiration of classical prestige itself is explored. The textual content is unrivalled in its use of pedagogical positive factors and indicates, supplying worthwhile insights into specific works, authors' biographies, and literary classes.

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1330, which Chaucer may have known. The Greek Orpheus and Eurydice become English. Sir Orfeo is lord in Winchester; he loses Dame Heurodis to a Fairy King who abducts her from her orchard to a Celtic underworld. After ten years grieving in the wilderness, Orfeo follows a fairy hunt through a hillside into the underworld, where he wins back Heurodis with his harping. He returns to Winchester disguised as a beggar, and plays so well that the Steward asks about the harp. When told that the harper had found it by the corpse of a man eaten by wolves, the Steward swoons.

Done their dream better so as to get on The poet, awakened by the dawn chorus, returns to his books. The Parlement has philosophy, a love-vision, a beast-fable, a debate, and a light and intriguing manner. Chaucer mixes genres and attitudes: he is a bookworm seeking enlightenment about love, an owl who will never be a nightingale. Boethius, Dante, Langland and the poet of Pearl dream to seek enlightenment, but Chaucer’s comical self-presentation is disarmingly different. A learner in love requires not a book but a beloved.

Lyrics such as this or ‘Maiden in the mor lay’ are anonymous and, compared with those of a Bernart de Ventadorn, simple. ’ These two survive with complex music - they are not folk songs. Shepherds, house[p. 46] wives and labourers sang; but the lyrics were written by clerks. ’ was riding other saw maid may the earth cover him The singer does not get far with this sharp-tongued shepherdess. Hundreds of medieval lyrics remain in manuscripts which can be roughly dated, but composition and authors are usually unknown.

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