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By Ian Scott-Kilvert
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A. Oberman, The Harvest of Medieval Theology (rev. , 1967); A. R. , English Historical Documents 1327-1485 (1969); R. W. Southern, Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages (Harmondsworth, 1970). VIII. TRANSLATIONS. H. W. , The Vision of Piers Plowman (1935; repr. 1945), complete, in alliterative verse; N. , Visions from Piers Plowman (1949), selections, in alliterative verse; D. and R. , The Book Concerning Piers the Plowman (1957), in Everyman's Library, complete, in alliterative verse; J.
Yet the recorded facts of this courtier's life, remote from poetry as they may seem, are those upon which the styles of his poetry turn; they mark its progress from his first beginnings, step by step, to his maturities. Being a courtier made a European of Chaucer, and more than that; he became the first great English poet in the general tradition of Christendom, the heir of Ovid, of Vergil, of Boethius, of Saint Jerome, of Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, of Dante and Boccaccio. He was not the first great English Christian 19 GEOFFREY CHAUCER ingly practical visage of Henry IV, carved in Canterbury; less tragic than Edward, more humane than Henry, the painted effigy of Edward le Despenser, kneeling in his chantry roof in Tewkesbury Abbey.
Edward IV arranged for "young gentylmen, Henxmen, VI Enfauntes or more, as it shall please the Kinge" to be placed under the tuition of a "Maistyr of Henxmen" rules of the pedants became the instruments of a living and natural style; as with any great virtuoso, the technical rule or accomplishment, artificial and laborious as it may seem, can become the means of a greater freedom of expression, can even prompt a thought that might have been lost without it, for . . Nature is made better by no mean But Nature makes that mean: so, over that art Which you say adds to Nature, is an art That Nature makes.
BRITISH WRITERS, Volume 1 by Ian Scott-Kilvert