John C. Hirsh

  • This concise and lively survey introduces students with no prior knowledge to Chaucer, and particularly to The Canterbury Tales. Provides essential facts about Chaucer, as well as a framework for thinking about his poetry. Encourages an engaged reading of The Canterbury Tales. Introduces students to the historical and religious background needed to understand the contexts in which Chaucer wrote.
    Provides essential facts about Chaucer, as well as a framework for thinking about his poetry.
    Encourages an engaged reading of The Canterbury Tales.
    Introduces students to the historical and religious background needed to understand the contexts in which Chaucer wrote.

  • Medieval Lyric

    John C. Hirsh

    Medieval Lyric is a colourful collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.
    A lively and engaging collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written in between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.
    Introduces readers to the rich variety of Middle English poetry.
    Presents poems of mourning and of celebration, poems dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and to Christ, poems inviting or disparaging love, poems about sex, and more.
    Reader-friendly - uses modernized letter forms, punctuation and capitalization, and side glosses explaining difficult words.
    Opens with a substantial introduction by the editor to the medieval lyric as a genre, and features short introductions to each section and poem.
    Also includes an annotated bibliography, glossary, index of first lines, and list of manuscripts cited.

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