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Afterword: ‘Adieu Sir Churl’: Lydgate’s <i>The Churl and the Bird</i><sup>1</sup>

HELEN BARR

in Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198112426
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707865 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.003.0009
Afterword: ‘Adieu Sir Churl’: Lydgate’s The Churl and the Bird1

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This chapter discusses that Lydgate's short debate Between a Churl and a Bird used many of the formal features of literary language discussed in the previous chapters of the book. It describes the poem as illustrating the social mobility and inherent positionality of literary discourses. It adds that the poem was also a translation wherein a French tale was translated in order to deliver a lesson in social quietism and to sanction a conservative ordering of society as natural and God-given. It explains that the social disparity between the actors in the poem was consistently spelled out. The syntactical construction and diction of the poem also contributed to its meaning.

Keywords: Lydgate; literary language; poem; syntactical construction; diction; social mobility; fable; social disparity

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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