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1st Edition

The Poetry of John Lydgate

ISBN 9780367206994
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1967, The Poetry of John Lydgate presents a broad discussion of John Lydgate’s secular poetry. It reassesses much of the poetry through critical examination and suggests that Lydgate was not necessarily the master that the medieval ages proclaimed him to be, nor the plain poet that he is often seen as in modern analysis. Instead, the book suggest that he was a competent poetic craftsman that presents substantial literary form in his poetry. The analysis in the book looks at Lydgate as atypical of the Middle Ages, instead exhibiting traits currently linked to the Renaissance. The book provides a unique perspective on John Lydgate as a poet and will be of interest to medievalist and literary historians alike.

Table of Contents


1. Opinions About Lydgate

2. The Opinions Reconsidered

3. The Period of Transition

4. The Medieval Tradition

5. Classical Antiquity

6. The Paragon of Animals

7. The Nation and the Prince

8. The Story of Thebes

9. Another Point of View



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