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This is a new annotated translation of the B-text, Langland's own extensive revision of his original text. One of the greatest poems of the English Middle Ages, Piers Plowman remains of enduring interest for its vivid picture of the whole life of medieval society, its deeply imaginative religious vision, and its passionate concern to see justice and truth prevail in our woThis is a new annotated translation of the B-text, Langland's own extensive revision of his original text. One of the greatest poems of the English Middle Ages, Piers Plowman remains of enduring interest for its vivid picture of the whole life of medieval society, its deeply imaginative religious vision, and its passionate concern to see justice and truth prevail in our world....

Title : Piers Plowman: A New Translation of the B-Text
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ISBN : 9780192836465
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 404 Pages
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Piers Plowman: A New Translation of the B-Text Reviews

  • J. Alfred
    2018-11-05 13:59

    On fumblingly trying to explain this text to my wife, she said, "Oh, it's like Pilgrim's Progress?" And this is certainly the easiest way to explain it: Pilgrim's Progress's earnest, confusing, father. It's an allegory, so the tie with Bunyan is right, but it's a dream vision (like Dante) and hence has a lot of shifting and sometimes difficult symbolism, and is also kind of rambling and chaotic (very unlike Dante). I don't think I can give a reliable summary of the plot, unless it is "A guy meets a lot of allegorical abstractions, and they all give him advice," but this might be selling the text short. Though it has no definite plot, it is at times earthy, at times sublime, and at all times radically interested in how the transcendent values of Christianity ought to work in England's green and pleasant land. There's something about old piety, too, which is powerfully stirring:But I am the lord of life, and my drink is love. To obtain that drink I underwent death today. So fierce was my battle for the sake of man's soul that even now I am still feeling thirsty. There is no drink that can drown my dryness, none that can ever lake my thirst; not till the time of vintage comes in the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I shall drink wine freshly pressed from fully ripened grapes-- the resurrection of the dead.

  • Michael
    2018-11-20 16:57

    Took a whole but very rewarding at times.

  • 5greenway
    2018-11-01 10:48

    Another book it's absurd to give a star rating to...