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The Poet as Petitioner<sup>*</sup>

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198111870
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0010
The Poet as Petitioner*

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One of the more common forms of petition in the literature of the medieval period is the author's request for the reader's prayers. This chapter discusses some passages that are related to petitionary self-reference in the poetry of Gower and Chaucer. A number of works from medieval English writers are also examined.

Keywords: forms of petition; literature; medieval period; petitionary self-reference; poetry; Gower; Chaucer

Chapter.  6433 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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