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Peck concludes his three-volume treatment of Gower's great work by starting with the fifth book, taking the reader in a different direction than expected from the Ovidian tales of Book Four, in which Gower concentrated on the concepts of merely pleasing and being pleased. Book Five contains, instead, commentary on the means and benefits of living a good life. Gower's treat ...more
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Bryn Hammond
Of swiche cursed stories I sey fy!

— the Man of Law, Canterbury Tales, or Chaucer on Gower take 2.
Kim Zarins
Gower rules! If you love couplets and twists on Ovidian tales, look no farther. If you are a non-academic reader, maybe start by reading individual stories side by side with Ovid (or Chaucer) to appreciate how he shifts meanings in the old stories. I don't normally rate medieval books that are normally read only by an academic audience, but this is Gower, so I'm pleased to promote him. He deserves a wider readership.
Felix Hayman
"It was at one time the fashion to compare Gower and Chaucer much in the manner of the school examinee comparing Keats and Shelley. This is an unrewarding pastime, for Gower’s aims were quite different from those of his friend: more modest, more sober, more serious. Gower has less wit and humour, less drama and panache, not only by nature but also by choice."
ome of that choice is perhaps at the heart of Confessio Amantis‘ second-tier status: the poem is an extended (6000 lines longer than the Ca
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Might "moral" Gower really be refashioned into the kind of chivalric lover that the Confessio suggests? In a brilliant reversal in the end vision of the Confessio Amantis, what the reader at first thought was primarily the education and moral mental regulating of chivalric romance in light of christian charity turns on its heel and asks what creative beauty has in common with divine beauty.

Be warned - this work requires a holy/mythic juggernaut of energy to blast through. It's worth it in the e
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Peter Mottola
This very helpfully glossed Middle English text is readable even for those who have no formal training in Middle English. The work itself contains myriad fascinating moral examples drawn from a wide variety of biblical and classical stories. I have found herein many great illustrations that can be used well in preaching, as the images are powerful and difficult to forget.

If you enjoyed the Consolation of Philosophy of Boethius, this may be right up your alley.
Genevieve
If you adore fifteenth-century Middle English moralizations of Ovid interspersed with a framing confessional narrative, this book is for YOU!
Amanda
Not one of my favorite medieval texts but the idealized description of the 3 estates model in book 1 is an interesting perspective.
Grétar
A quite long didactic poem. At least the prologue and the epilogue are essential read for any fourteenth century enthusiast:-)
StrangeBedfellows
This wonderful story is a must-read for anyone interested in medieval studies or literature.
Wen
What do I think? I think it's going to take awhile.
Minna
Dull. Read Ovid instead.
Kelly A.
I CAN'T rate this, I CAN'T
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Another steamy thriller from the master of sex and suspense. Lots of great erotic scenes here, enough to turn my dick into a big cum fountain on every page. Highly recommended for fans of BDSM-roleplaying and extended poetic allegory.
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John Gower (c. 1330 – October 1408) was an English poet, a contemporary of William Langland and a personal friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. He is remembered primarily for three major works, the Mirroir de l'Omme, Vox Clamantis, and Confessio Amantis, three long poems written in French, Latin, and English respectively, which are united by common moral and political themes.
More about John Gower...
The Complete Works of John Gower The Minor Latin Works: In Praise Of Peace (Middle English Texts) Confessio Amantis: Selections Confessio Amantis John Gower: Poems on Contemporary Events: The VISIO Anglie (1381) and Cronica Tripertita (1400)

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