Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric

1st Edition

By Douglas Gray

Routledge

320 pages

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Hardback: 9780367186746
pub: 2019-07-09
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Originally published in 1972, Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric discusses themes and images in religious lyric poetry in Medieval English poetry. The book looks at the affect that tradition and convention had on the religious poetry of the medieval period. It examines the background of the lyrics, including the Latin tradition which was inherited by medieval vernacular and shows how religious lyric poetry presents, through a rich variety of images, the significant incidents in the scheme of Christ’s redemption, such as the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Passion and the Resurrection. It also considers the lyrics which were designed to assist humanity in the task of living in a Christian life, as well as those which prepared them for death.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: The Background

1. The Inherited Tradition

2. Medieval Devotion

3. The English Lyrics, I

4. The English Lyrics II

Part II: The Scheme of Redemption

5. Christ and the Virgin Mary

6. Annunciation and Nativity

7. The Passion

8. Resurrection and Assumption

Part III: The Life of this World

9. The Christian Life

10. Death and the Last Things

Conclusion

Note on Sources and Abbreviations

Notes

Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General