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John Gower: The French Balades (Paperback)

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Language & Literature

Imprint: Medieval Institute Publications
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781580441551
Published: 30th April 2011
Casemate UK Academic

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Gower’s imaginative French poetry is now available in a new edition with facing page translation, annotations, and introduction. Gower’s Traitié employs the French poetic form of balade, typically used for courtly verses, to avow instead the virtues of loving marriage, characteristic of Gower’s signature moralizing. His Cinkante Balades confront the tradition of the French Livre de Cent Balades, by describing the feelings of a young man towards his lady, but eventually offering a praise of love insofar as it is subject to reason and morality.

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