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Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads, and Carols

John C. Hirsh (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1481-3
240 pages
September 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Medieval Lyric is a colourful collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.

  • A lively and engaging collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written in between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.
  • Introduces readers to the rich variety of Middle English poetry.
  • Presents 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.
  • Reader-friendly - uses modernized letter forms, punctuation and capitalization, and side glosses explaining difficult words.
  • Opens with a substantial introduction by the editor to the medieval lyric as a genre, and features short introductions to each section and poem.
  • Also includes an annotated bibliography, glossary, index of first lines, and list of manuscripts cited.
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Preface.

Introduction.

Abbreviations.

Part I: Poems of Mourning, Fear, and Apprehension.

Part II: Poems of Joy and Celebration.

Part III: Poems Inscribed to the Blessed Virgin.

Part IV: Poems of Narrative Reflection.

Part V: Poems Whose Meanings Are Hidden (but not necessarily unknown).

Part VI: Poems about Christ's Life and Passion.

Part VII: Poems Inviting or Disparaging Love.

Part VIII: Poems about Sex.

Part IX: Ballads.

Part X: Carols.

Appendix A: Some Lyrics of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Appendix B: William Herebret, Richard Rolle and John Audelay.

Appendix C: Three Poems from the Findern Anthology.

First Line Index.

Manuscript Index.

Bibliography.

Glossary
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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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  • A lively and engaging collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written in between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.

  • Introduces readers to the rich variety of Middle English poetry.

  • Presents 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.

  • Reader-friendly - uses modernized letter forms, punctuation and capitalization, and side glosses explaining difficult words.

  • Opens with a substantial introduction by the editor to the medieval lyric as a genre, and features short introductions to each section and poem.

  • Also includes an annotated bibliography, glossary, index of first lines, and list of manuscripts cited.
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"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

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