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Scottish Chaucerians


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The name given to a group of 15th‐ and 16th‐century Scottish poets who wrote under the influence of Geoffrey Chaucer (or of his follower John Lydgate), often using his seven‐line rhyme royal stanza. The most important poets of this group were Robert Henryson, whose Testament of Cresseid continues and reinterprets the story of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, and William Dunbar, whose Lament for the Makaris briefly pays tribute to Chaucer. Other figures are Gavin Douglas, Sir David Lyndsay, and (if his authorship of The Kingis Quair be accepted) King James I of Scotland. The term unfortunately diverts attention from the genuinely original character of these poets, and is thus not much favoured in Scotland.

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