Lyric Imaginings and Painted Prayers

in Reading in the Wilderness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226071329
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226071343 | DOI:
Lyric Imaginings and Painted Prayers

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This chapter, which evaluates the ways in which lyrical poems invoke both sights and sounds to create private devotional performances in the cell, examines how poems and pictures in Additional 37049 were so often enjoined by other Middle English lyrics and prose meditations. It suggests that reading a devotional lyric, even in solitude and silence, took place against a background of performances, a background that conditioned the poems' reception and, ultimately, their meaning.

Keywords: lyrical poems; private devotional performances; Additional 37049; prose meditations; devotional lyric

Chapter.  14604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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