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Medieval Dream-Poetry - A. C. Spearing

Medieval Dream-Poetry

Paperback Published: 10th January 1977
ISBN: 9780521290692
Number Of Pages: 246

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A 1976 study of the medieval English dream-poem, set against the background of classical and medieval visionary and religious writings and the theory of dreams from classical times down to Freud and Jung. In this first general treatment of one of the most popular kinds of literature in the Middle Ages, Mr Spearing examines many specific poems in some detail and explores the nature of the visionary tradition in which medieval dream-poets felt themselves to be writing: he develops a theory of the dream-poem as a type of work in which medieval poets focused their own consciousness of the activity of creating imaginative fictions, variously and often ambiguously balanced between vision and fantasy. The book begins with the early tradition of dream poetry in Latin writers such as Boethius, moving on to consider Chaucer, alliterative dream-poems, especially Pearl and Piers Plowman, and finally turning to late medieval dream-poetry.

Dreams and Visions
The nature of dream-poetry
Spiritual adventure
Macrobious on Scipio's dream
Scriptural and Christian visions
Visions of place
Doctrinal visions
The Roman de la Rose: Guillaume de Lorris
The Roman de la Rose: Jean de Meun
Fourteenth-century dream poems
The Book of the Duchess
The House of Fame
The Parliament of Fowls
The Prologue to The Legend of Good Women
The Alliterative Tradition
The Piers Plowman tradition: Winner and Waster
The Parliament of the Three Ages
Piers Plowman: the A-text
Piers Plowman: the B-revision
Langland's followers: Mum and the Sothsegger
Death and Life
The Chaucerian Tradition
Lydgate: The Temple of Glass
Clanvowe: The Cuckoo and the Nightingale
The Kingis Quair
Scottish dream-prologues
Skelton: the Bowge of Court; Douglas: The Palice of Honour
Skelton: The Garland of Laurel
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ISBN: 9780521290692
ISBN-10: 0521290694
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 10th January 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32