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By Thomas G. Duncan

Winner of a call extraordinary educational name Award the center English lyric occupies a spot of substantial value within the background of English literature. right here, for the 1st time in English, are came across many gains of formal and thematic value: they contain rhyme scheme, stanzaic shape, the carol style, love poetry within the demeanour of the troubadour poets, and devotional poems targeting the affection, pain and compassion of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The essays during this quantity goal to supply either history info on and new exams of the lyric. via treating center English lyrics bankruptcy by means of bankruptcy in response to their types - poems facing love, with non secular devotion, with ethical, political and renowned topics, and people linked to preaching - it offers the attention in their attribute cultural contexts and literary modalities precious for an educated severe analyzing. complete account is taken of the scholarship upon which our wisdom of those lyrics rests, in particular the phenomenal contributions of the previous few many years and such fresh insights as these of gender feedback. additionally incorporated are precise discussions of the precious info afforded by means of the generally various manuscript contexts within which center English lyrics live on and of the various concerns occupied with enhancing those texts. Separate chapters are dedicated to the carol, which got here to prominence within the 15th century, and to center Scots lyrics which, on the finish of the center English lyric culture, current a few refined productions of a wholly new order.BR> participants: Julia Boffey, Thomas G. Duncan, John Scattergood, Vincent Gillespie, Christiania Whitehead, Douglas grey, Karl Reichl, Thorlac Turville-Petre, Alan J. Fletcher, Bernard O'Donoghue, Sarah Stanbury and Alasdair A. MacDonald.

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MS Lat. 66, seems to have begun life as a ‘bespoke . . single professionally produced quire’ (Hanna 2000, 282), around which were gathered miscellaneous items in Newton’s own hand: charms, notes on physiognomy and palmistry, legal notes, a courtesy book, and fragments from more obviously ‘literary’ works such as the Brut chronicle, The Knight’s Tale, The Parson’s Tale and Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes. 16 Added Lyrics Perhaps the most ‘informal’ way to copy a text is to add it in some inviting blank space in an existing book or document, registering it in response to a quick impulse rather than copying it according to some carefully conceived plan.

The positions of both groups of lyrics – one at the end of a section, the other in a separate gathering which would come at the end of the whole manuscript – perhaps suggests that they were still being copied when the table of contents was made, although it is also possible that their contents were considered difficult to index in any meaningful way. But they must nonetheless have constituted part of the ‘sowle hele’ which the manuscript offered, alongside the longer texts like Piers Plowman, The South English Legendary, Ancren Riwle, a version of The Northern Homily Cycle, and a sequence of Miracles of Our Lady.

80). The conviviality which such lyrics serviced is indicated by Latin directions for the performance of Sumer is icomen in which state that ‘hanc rotam cantare possunt quatuor socij’ [this round may be sung by four companions]. Not unsurprisingly, a number of other thirteenth- and fourteenth-century 8 For the purposes of this discussion I use the term ‘anthology’ to define a manuscript which displays some indications of planned compilation, and ‘miscellany’ for a collection which seems to have come into being in a more random way.

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