Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads, and Carols

Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads, and Carols

by John C. Hirsh
     
 

Medieval Lyric is a lively and engaging collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written primarily between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of the ballads. The volume introduces readers to the rich variety of Middle English poetry and includes poems of mourning and of

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Medieval Lyric is a lively and engaging collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written primarily between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of the ballads. The volume introduces readers to the rich variety of Middle English poetry and includes poems of mourning and of celebration, poems dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and to Christ, poems inviting or disparaging love, poems about sex, and more.

In order to make the collection as reader-friendly as possible, modernized letter forms, punctuation and capitalization are used throughout, and side glosses explain difficult words. In addition, the editor provides a substantial introduction to the medieval lyric as a whole, as well as short introductions to each section and each poem. To support further exploration of Middle English poetry, there are three appendices containing lyrics by Chaucer and other Middle English poets, and an annotated bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A very attractive anthology, notable for its variety and the careful and expert way it has been designed for the use of students."
Douglas Gray

"Students will particularly value the range of critical material cited."
—Valerie Edden, University of Birmingham, Modern Language Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405114813
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/20/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.83(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A very attractive anthology, notable for its variety and the careful and expert way it has been designed for the use of students."
--Douglas Gray

"Students will particularly value the range of critical material cited."
--Valerie Edden, University of Birmingham, Modern Language Review

Meet the Author

John C. Hirsh is Professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His previous publications include Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales (Blackwell, 2003), The Boundaries of Faith: The Development and Transmission of Medieval Spirituality (1996), The Revelations of Margery Kempe: Paramystical Practices in Late Medieval England (1989), and Hope Emily Allen: Medieval Scholarship and Feminism (1988). He has also edited Barlam and Iosaphat (1986) for the Early English Text Society.

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