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Essays on Medieval Literature$
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J. A. Burrow

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198111870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.001.0001

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The Poet as Petitioner *

The Poet as Petitioner *

(p.161) 10. The Poet as Petitioner*
Essays on Medieval Literature

J.A. Burrow

Oxford University Press

One of the more common forms of petition in the literature of the medieval period is the author's request for the reader's prayers. This chapter discusses some passages that are related to petitionary self-reference in the poetry of Gower and Chaucer. A number of works from medieval English writers are also examined.

Keywords:   forms of petition, literature, medieval period, petitionary self-reference, poetry, Gower, Chaucer

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