The seven poems are: The Alliterative Morte Arthure, Winner and Waster, The Parliament of the Three Ages, Summer Sunday, The Debate of Body and Soul, The Thrush and the Nightingale, and The Owl and the Nightingale.
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: SIU Press
Poets of every age deal with roughly the same human emotions, and for the experienced reader poetry is interesting or not depending upon the moment-by-moment intensity of its appeal. This skillful rendering by John Gardner of seven Middle English poems into sparklingly modern verse translation—most of them for the first time—represents a selection of poems that, generally, have real artistic value but are so difficult to read in the original that they are not as well known as they deserve to be. The seven poems are: The Alliterative Morte Arthure, Winner and Waster, The Parliament of the Three Ages, Summer Sunday, The Debate of Body and Soul, The Thrush and the Nightingale, and The Owl and the Nightingale. The first four poems represent high points in the alliterative renaissance of the fourteenth century. Morte Arthure, here translated for the first time in its entirety into modern verse, is the only heroic romance in Middle English—a work roughly in the same genre as the French Song of Roland. The other three poems have been included in the anthology as further poetic examples. With his employment of extensive comments and notes on the poems, Gardner provides a wealth of aids to appreciation and understanding of his outstanding translations. The anthology will be of interest to general readers as well as to students.
INTRODUCTION THOSE who have considered The Owl and the Nightingale as a
work of literature have written of it with so full a measure of praise that one comes
with relief upon Thomas Wright's introduction to his edition of 1843 , where he ...
GRATTAN , J . H . G . & SKYES , G . F . H . ( 1935 ) : The Owl and the Nightingale
. EETSOxford University Press , Oxford . HALL , J . ( 1920 ) : Selections from Early
Middle English : 1130 - 1250 . Part 1 . Clarendon Press , Oxford . HUME , K ...
Author: A. Bravo García
Publisher: Universidad de Oviedo
Category: Literary Criticism
The Owl and the Nightingale is a Middle English poem preserved in two manuscripts. This edition is based on the text of the Cottonian MS. This critical edition that we are submitting to the consideration of our -we hope- kind readers has been prepared according to the principle of accommodating the medieval text to modern usage concerning punctuation and the use of capitals and quotation marks, and transliterating original wynn for "w" to facilitate a convenient textual approach.
of being treacherous in trying to lead her out from her hiding place in order that the Owl might kill her ; the Nightingale adds that treachery brings nothing but
shame and hatred . The Nightingale at one point taunts the Owl with the charge
Author: Camelia Ann Hauck
Category: Owl and the nightingale (Middle English poem)
Kathryn Hume's purpose in writing this book is to offer a new account of the poem, one based on a systematic attempt to assess the validity and usefulness of various possible approaches to the work.
Author: Kathryn Hume
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press
Category: Birds in literature
The Owl and the Nightingale is clearly one of the few major Middle English poems. Kathryn Hume's purpose in writing this book is to offer a new account of the poem, one based on a systematic attempt to assess the validity and usefulness of various possible approaches to the work.
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