Gower Bibliography

The Anglo-Norman Lyric: An Anthology Edited from the Manuscripts with Translations and Commentary.

Jeffrey, David L. and Levy, Brian J., eds. "The Anglo-Norman Lyric: An Anthology Edited from the Manuscripts with Translations and Commentary." Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1990

Review

Briefly noted. Includes none of Gower's Cinkante Ballades "because of their late date (1399-1400) and their availability in the edition of George C. Macaulay" (p. 2, n. 3). Thomas L. Reed, Jr., Middle English Debate Poetry and the Aesthetics of Irresolution (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1990) dismisses CA from consideration as a debate poem although it consists largely of dialogue. CA, "in spite of Gower's announced intention of keeping his audience refreshed and alert by finding a "middel weie" between "lust" and "lore," is so heavily moral and so dominated by the exampla [sic] of Genius that it might be classified as a dramatized sermon" (p. 307).

Item Type:Book
Subjects:Confessio Amantis

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