Gower Bibliography

John Gower, John Barleycorn, and William Langland

Peck, Russell A. "John Gower, John Barleycorn, and William Langland." American Notes and Queries 16 (1978), p. 102.


Gower's description of the drunkard in Book 6 of the CA includes the detail that when the drunkard wakes up in the morning he says "Nou baillez ça the cuppe" (6.60). In the A-text of Piers Plowman we find a "striking correspondence: on waking, "the furste word that he [Glotoun] spac was 'wher is the cuppe?'" (102; qtd from Passus 5.213). The only difference is the insertion of the French words, which Gower, "like other Englishmen" (102), perhaps found suitable for a drunkard. [CvD]

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Confessio Amantis

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