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Alliterative Revival

Alliterative Revival  

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A collective term for the group of alliterative poems written in the second half of the 14th cent. in which alliteration, which had been the formal basis of Old English poetry, was again used in ...
Awntyrs of Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne

Awntyrs of Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne  

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An alliterative poem of 715 lines in two parts, probably from the last quarter of the 14th cent. from the region of Cumberland or the Scottish Lowlands. It seems to have borrowed from the ...
Bernard O'Donoghue

Bernard O'Donoghue  

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(1945– ),Irish poet and critic, born in Co. Cork, Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he teaches medieval literature. The Weakness (1991) and Gunpowder (1995) are driven by a fascination with ...
bob and wheel

bob and wheel  

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A short sequence of rhymed lines that concludes the larger unrhymed strophes of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and some other Middle English romances. It consists of one short line (the bob) with a ...
Cleanness

Cleanness  

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An alliterative poem in 1,812 lines from the second half of the 14th cent., the only manuscript of which is the famous Cotton Nero A. X which is also the sole manuscript of Pearl, Patience, and Sir ...
David Harsent

David Harsent  

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(1942– ),British poet, born in Devonshire. He worked as a bookseller and was a literary critic with the Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator before becoming editor-in-chief and director at ...
fantasy

fantasy  

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A general term for any kind of fictional work that is not primarily devoted to realistic representation of the known world. The category includes several literary genres (e.g. dream vision, fable, ...
Gawain

Gawain  

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In Arthurian legend, one of the knights of the Round Table who sought for the Holy Grail. He is Arthur's nephew, and is the hero of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Gringolet

Gringolet  

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Gawain's horse, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, etc. Speght, in his 1598 edition of Chaucer, gives it as the name of Wade's infamous boat.
Guinevere

Guinevere  

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In Arthurian legend, the wife of King Arthur and lover of Lancelot. In the Arthurian cycle she is seen through her love for Lancelot as one of the key figures in the ultimate destruction of Arthur's ...
Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle  

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(b Accrington, 1934).Eng. composer. As clarinettist, entered RMCM 1952, studying comp. with Richard Hall. While still a student was one of Manchester New Music Group (with A. Goehr, P. Maxwell Davies ...
metre

metre  

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Term used of regular succession of rhythmical impulses, or beats, in poetry and mus., e.g. 3/4 and 6/8 being described as different kinds of metres. Rhythm is no longer accepted as a sufficiently ...
Patience

Patience  

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An alliterative poem in 531 lines from the second half of the 14th cent., the only manuscript of which is the famous Cotton Nero A x (see Pearl). It tells in a vigorous and humorous way the story of ...
Pearl

Pearl  

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An alliterative poem in 1,212 lines of twelve‐lined octosyllabic stanzas from the second half of the 14th cent., the only manuscript of which is the famous Cotton Nero A. X which is also the sole ...
pentacle

pentacle  

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A talisman or magical object, typically disc-shaped and inscribed with a pentagram or other figure, and used as a symbol of the element of earth. Pentacles are also one of the suits in some tarot ...
Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage  

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(1963– ),poet, born in West Yorkshire. His first collection, Zoom! (1989), drew on his work as a probation officer and on the rhythms of the Yorkshire vernacular, as well as on R. Lowell and Frank ...
Sir Agravain

Sir Agravain  

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In the Arthurian legends conspires against Launcelot and discloses to Arthur Launcelot's love for Guinevere.
Sir Robert Bruce Cotton

Sir Robert Bruce Cotton  

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(1571–1631),gave the free use of his library to Bacon, Camden, Ralegh, Selden, Speed, Ussher, and other scholars, and sent a gift of manuscripts to the Bodleian Library on its foundation. He joined ...

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