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William Langland's Piers Plowman is one of the major poetic monuments of medieval England and of world literature. Probably composed between 1372 and 1389, the poem survives in three distinct versions. It is known to modern readers largely through the middle of the three, the so-called B-text. Now, George Economou's verse translation of the poet's third version makes avail ...more
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Published February 19th 1996 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published 1979)
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There's something so compelling about the music of this poem and something wildly experimental--in many ways it's postmodern and surely in some of its content well ahead of its time--that I can't not like this edition of Piers Plowman. Still, the text is so inconsistent, I can't love it either. The edition, translated into the modern vernacular, is a romp.
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Man, it's stuff like this that made me throw in the towel on medieval studies...
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William Langland, (born c. 1330—died c. 1400), presumed author of one of the greatest examples of Middle English alliterative poetry, generally known as Piers Plowman, an allegorical work with a complex variety of religious themes.

One of the major achievements of Piers Plowman is that it translates the language and conceptions of the cloister into symbols and images that could be understood by th
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