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Death of the Middle English Virelai

Just a quick post to say that my article on a group of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century lyrics which in the past were misidentified as Middle English virelais has been published in Medium Ævum 85.1...
From: Stylisticienne on 31 Jul 2016

Form and Fashion in Lancastrian Poems

Here’s the text of the short talk I’m giving as part of a Roundtable discussion (Session 5D) on ‘After Chaucer’ at the New Chaucer Society Congress on Tuesday afternoon. In...
From: Stylisticienne on 12 Jul 2016

A Queenly Prologue & Epilogue

As I explained in a previous post, over New Year’s I stumbled upon a little-noticed prologue, uniquely preserved in London, British Library MS Harley 7578.  It prefaces the Liber Proverbiorum,...
From: Stylisticienne on 19 Feb 2016


Before Christmas, I read an article by Michael Rosen on Why we love limericks which celebrated the popularity of a new book of limericks by Ranjit Bolt, A Lion Was Learning to Ski.  Given that I’m...
From: Stylisticienne on 12 Jan 2016

two, four, six, eight, a stanza to appreciate…

The popularity of seven-line rhyme royal stanzas in late medieval and early Tudor verse means that it’s easy to overlook eight-line stanzas, especially those rhyming ababbcbc.  This verse form...
From: Stylisticienne on 29 Dec 2015

Agincourt: History, Poem, Chronicle

My contribution to the commemorations of the sixth-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt  is, of course, a poem (scroll down for text and translation).  These stanzas are embedded...
From: Stylisticienne on 25 Oct 2015

Gleaming like glayre

The theme for this year’s United Kingdom National Poetry Day is LIGHT.  What sprung into my mind, thinking of light in Middle English poetry, was an image of jasper walls gleaming like egg-white...
From: Stylisticienne on 8 Oct 2015

How to make fun of rhyme royal

I’ve been tracking the life-cycle of rhyme royal, the stanza form (rhyme-scheme ababbcc) that Chaucer developed and used in his Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde, and some of his Canterbury...
From: Stylisticienne on 10 Aug 2015

The Techne of Verse-Making: Poetry’s Termes in Middle English

Tomorrow I’m off to London to attend the Biennial London Chaucer Conference.  I’m speaking on Saturday morning in a session on ‘Literary Technologies’.  The title of my...
From: Stylisticienne on 9 Jul 2015

Temporary Lyric in Skelton’s Magnificence

As promised, another example which shows how cleverly and self-consciously late medieval dramatists  exploited the familiar forms of late medieval lyrics in their drama.  At the beginning...
From: Stylisticienne on 29 May 2015

Fabricating Lyric in Middle English Drama

The relationship between religious lyric and religious drama in medieval England is a close one.
From: Stylisticienne on 20 May 2015

Good and Bad Stanzas

Some medieval English playwrights use different types of stanza for different types of characters.
From: Stylisticienne on 7 May 2015

How to talk about…stanzas

Troilus and Criseyde is written in rhyme royal stanzas of seven lines rhyming ababbcc.  Despite the various subdivisions within the narrative (for example its proems, songs, letters, prayers, and apostrophes),...
From: Stylisticienne on 28 Oct 2014

A Leap from the Crowd

This week I present another unexpected delight from my holiday reading.  The extract (scroll down for a text and translation) is from Knyghthode and Bataile, a mid-fifteenth-century translation in verse...
From: Stylisticienne on 3 Aug 2014

Janus Verse

The picture above (from Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Auct. D inf. 2. 11, a mid-fifteenth-century French Book of Hours) shows the double-faced god Janus feasting.  Janus is depicted with two faces so...
From: Stylisticienne on 7 Jul 2014

Multi-coloured Poetry

The picture above is the opening two stanzas of the prologue to the anonymous Middle English verse translation of Palladius’s Opus agriculturae (scroll down for a text and translation of the first...
From: Stylisticienne on 30 Jun 2014

A Lover’s New Year’s Gift

I think that the book I am working on will become more and more focused on lesser-known poetic experiments in Middle English.  Because these curious creatures don’t often fit into standard accounts,...
From: Stylisticienne on 25 May 2014

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