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The Pearl
An Interpretation

ISBN 9780367210533
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1967 The Pearl looks at the anonymous fourteenth century poet of Pearl. The book argues that the poem ranks in importance and interest with that of Chaucer and Langland, but suggests that it has always proved more difficult to approach to the modern reader. The aim of this book is to clear away some of the difficulty through a close examination of the material the poet had to draw on, and the poet’s use of this in the organisation of the poem. The main themes are established through detailed analysis of the poem, which is seen as much more than either a lament for an individual or the mere figurative presentation of an idea.

Table of Contents


Part I: Proem

1. Purpose and Structure

2. The Garden of Loss

3. Images of Transformation

Part II: The Dream

4. The Earthly Paradise

5. Encounter

6. Symbols of Perfection

Part III: The Revelation

7. Less and More

8. The Heavenly City

Part IV: Coda


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