Gower Bibliography

Old and Middle English

Burrow, J.A.. "Old and Middle English." In Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. Ed. UNSPECIFIED. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987, pp. 1-87.


Another item for the State-of-Gower's-Reputation department: Burrow gives a sympathetic two pages to Gower (compared to nine and a half for Chaucer, including illustrations) in this popular account of English literary history (pp. 49-50). After a brief biographical summary, he compares CA to LGW as a collection of tales and uses "Acteon" as an example of Gower's adaptations from Ovid. "The finest moments in the poem," however, "come in its closing pages," when Amans discovers that "the renunciation of love can be for him no more--and no less--than an acceptance of the natural course of things." Review by Tony Tanner in TLS, 17 July 1987, p. 763. [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 6.1]

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Confessio Amantis

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