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Vox Clamantis, IV, 12

Raymo, Robert R. "Vox Clamantis, IV, 12." Modern Language Notes 71.2 (1956), pp. 82-83.


In Book 4 of the VC, Gower admonishes the good monk "to preserve his traditionally simple, though hard and austere, way of life" (82). The passage represents "a characteristic plagiarism" (82) on Gower's part, for the lines are borrowed from an anonymous collection of penitential verses dating from the early thirteenth century. To show the indebtedness, Raymo quotes lines 495-506 and 511-14 of VC 4 alongside the original and italicizes the similarities. [CvD]

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Vox Clamantis

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