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Selected Poems

Robert Henryson

Edited by W.R.J. Barron

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Categories: 15th Century, 16th Century, Scottish
Imprint: Fyfield Books
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Jan 1987)
£9.95 £8.96
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  • Robert Henryson (?-1508) is the greatest of the English fabulists. His master may have been Aesop, but the voice that speaks the Moral Fables is distinctively that of his place — Scotland — and his chosen tradition.

    His debt to Chaucer, from whom his best-known work, the 'Testament of Cresseid' clearly derives, is a large one, and he acknowledges it generously. But it is a positive debt, not the kind that might have stifled his native originality. He is as distinctively himself as his contemporaries Dunbar and Douglas are.

    Little is known of Henryson's life but much can be surmised about his human vision from the poems, particularly the Moral Fables. He is the most approachable and benign of the Scottish poets of his time.

    In this selection of the best of Henryson's work W.R.J. Barron, Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Manchester, includes a full introduction and notes.

    -Orpheus and Erudices
    -The Morall Fabillis
    -The Testament of Cresseid
    -Textual Note

    The Testament of Cresseid
    The Morall Fabillis of Esope the Phrygian
    The Tale of Orpheus and Erudices his Quene
    The Bludy Serk
    Ane Prayer for the Pest
    The Thre Deid-Pollis
    The Prais of Aige
    W.R.J. Barron
    W.R.J. Barron was born in Belfast in 1926. He graduated with a first from St. Andrews University before going on to work as a medievalist at the Universities of Aberdeen and Manchester. His notable works include a student accesible edition of Gawain and the Green Knight. ... read more
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