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Assembly of Ladies

Assembly of Ladies  

A dream vision (written c.1475?) of 756 lines in rhyme royal (see versification). Its appearance in Thynne's edition of Chaucer (1532) is the only reason for its attribution to Chaucer ...
Book of the Duchess

Book of the Duchess  

A dream‐poem in 1,334 lines by Chaucer, probably written in 1369, in octosyllabic couplets. It is believed to be an allegorical lament on the death of Blanche of Lancaster, the first wife of John of ...
dreams

dreams  

Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage an illustration of the general proverbs dreams go by contraries; saying recorded from the mid 17th century.dream team a team of people perceived as the ...
John Gower

John Gower  

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(1325?–1408),poet and classical scholar: lives in London and is buried in Southwark Cathedral (Southwark: Borough High St.). Speculum Meditantis, Confessio Amantis, Vox Clamantis .
Legend of Good Women

Legend of Good Women  

Written by Chaucer between 1372 and 1386, is based on such works as Ovid's Heroides, and Boccaccio's De Claris Mulieribus and Vitae Virorum et Feminarum Illustrium. The prologue is more admired than ...
Macrobius, Ambrosius Theodosius

Macrobius, Ambrosius Theodosius  

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Praetorian prefect of Italy in ad 430. He wrote a comparison of the Greek verb with the Latin, and a Neoplatonist commentary on Cicero's Dream of Scipio (the end of his Republic). His Saturnalia is ...
Parliament of Fowls

Parliament of Fowls  

A dream‐poem by Chaucer in 699 lines of rhyme‐royal, possibly written between 1372 and 1386. It centres on a conference of birds to choose their mates on St Valentine's Day.The poet falls asleep ...
Prologues

Prologues  

‘Let the poem's beginning, like a courteous attendant, introduce the subject with grace [honeste]’ says Geoffrey of Vinsauf (Gaufred). Other writers on ancient and medieval rhetoric offer more ...
utopia

utopia  

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An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used as the name of an imaginary island, governed on a perfect political and social system, in the book Utopia ...

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