A History of English Literature by Edward Albert

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He was a man of the world, mixing freely with all types of mankind; and he used his opportunities to observe the little peculiarities of human nature. He had the seeing eye, the retentive memory, the judgment to select, and 37 ho capacity to expound; hence the brilliance of his descriptions, which we shall note in the next paragraph. c)His Descriptions. Success in descriptive passages depends on ivacity and skill in presentation, as well as on the judgment shown n the selection of details. Chaucer's best descriptions, of men, nanners, and places, are of the first rank in their beauty, impressiveless, and humour.

Until quite recently it has always been assumed that the three forms were all the work of Langland; but the latest theory is that the A form is the genuine composition of Langland, whereas both B and C have been composed by a later and inferior poet. From the personal passages in the poem it appears that the author was born in Shropshire about 1332. The vision in which he saw Piers the Plowman probably took place in 1362. The poem itself tells of the poet's vision on the Malvern Hills. changes, merges into a series of dissolving scenes which deal with the adventures of allegorical beings, human like Do-wel, Do-bet, and Do-betst, or of abstract significance like the Lady Meed, Wit, Study, and Faith.

He was a man of the world, mixing freely with all types of mankind; and he used his opportunities to observe the little peculiarities of human nature. He had the seeing eye, the retentive memory, the judgment to select, and 37 ho capacity to expound; hence the brilliance of his descriptions, which we shall note in the next paragraph. c)His Descriptions. Success in descriptive passages depends on ivacity and skill in presentation, as well as on the judgment shown n the selection of details. Chaucer's best descriptions, of men, nanners, and places, are of the first rank in their beauty, impressiveless, and humour.

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