BRITISH WRITERS, Volume 1 by Ian Scott-Kilvert

By Ian Scott-Kilvert

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Also gentil men children beeth i-taught to speke Frensche from the tyme that they beeth i-rokked in here cradel . . And vplondisshe men wil likne hym self to gentil men, and fondeth with greet besynesse for to speke Frensche, for to be i-tolde of. (Ranulf Higden, Polychronicon, 1363) Discipline, if rough, was ready. " And so to class to learn letters, to do sums with counters, to grammar, to logic, to rhetoric, and to the classic authors: Ovid, Vergil, Lucan, Cicero, Statius, Dionysius Cato, and the rest.

C. , 1961). Further studies are N. Coghill, "Langland's Kind of Poetry," in English and Mediaeval Studies Presented to J. R. R. Tolkien (1962); J. Lawlor, Piers Plowman, an Essay in Criticism (1962), a detailed interpretation of the poem as a whole, with critical chapters on its rhythms, imagery, and wordplay; E. Salter, Piers Plowman, An Introduction (Oxford, 1962); W. Swieckowski, Word-Order Patterning in Middle English: A Quantitative Study Based on Piers Plowman and Middle English Sermons, Janua Linguarum, series minor 19 (1962); A.

For Chaucer's luck held; he was taken prisoner almost at once. We get a glimpse of this over his shoulder, as it were, for he tells us about it in the Scrope-Grosvenor trial already mentioned; he was one among the many witnesses. Indeed, so many and so distinguished were those called on to give evidence, a Who's 28 GEOFFREY CHAUCER were his missions to Italy in 1372 and 1378, for it was from these that his poetry took much of its greatest strength. It is worth pausing on the voyage of 1372; Chaucer went to Genoa and Florence in nuncio regis in secretis negociis.

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