Gower Bibliography

Kleine Beiträge zur Englischen Litteratur-Geschichte

Koeppel, Emil. "Kleine Beiträge zur Englischen Litteratur-Geschichte." Englische Studien 20 (1895), pp. 154-160.


In a section entitled "Gowers Französische Balladen und Chaucer," Koeppel argues that Chaucer may have been influenced by Gower's CB. Koeppel's best evidence is that Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls (PF) appears to repeat the refrain of Balade 25, "Car qui bien aime ses amours tard oblie." This line occurs in some MSS of PF after line 679, although it is also present in other French lyrics. The influence may be strengthened by similarities between Balade 35 (about Saint Valentine) and both PF and Book of the Duchess. Koeppel also notes that Book 2 of Troilus and Criseyde shares some phrasing with Gower's balades, especially in its expression of happy love (CB 44) and in its bird imagery (CB 46). [CvD]

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Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Cinkante Balades

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