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The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables free pdf The greatest of the late medieval Scots "makars," Robert Henryson was influenced by their vision of the frailty and pathos of human life, and by the inherited poetic example of Geoffrey Chaucer. Henryson's finest poem, and one of the rhetorical masterpieces of Scots literature, is the narrative "Testament of Cresseid." Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the "Testament "completes the story of Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde," offering a tragic account of its faithless heroine's rejection by her lover, Diomede, and of her subsequent decline into prostitution and leprosy. Written in Middle Scots, a distinctive northern version of English, the "Testament "has been translated by Seamus Heaney into a confident but faithful idiom that matches the original verse form and honors the poem's unique blend of detachment and compassion.A master of high narrative, Henryson was also a comic master of the verse fable, and his burlesques of human weakness in the guise of animal wisdom are delicately pointed with irony. Seven of the "Fables "are here sparklingly translated by Heaney, their freshness rendered to the last claw and feather. Together, "The Testament of Cresseid "and "Seven"

About Robert Henryson

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include "Opened Ground," "Electric Light," "Beowulf," "The Spirit Level," "District and Circle," and "Finders Keepers." Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats." Robert Henryson lived in Dunfermline, Scotland, sometime between 1400 and 1500. Counted among the Scots "makars," he composed his highly inventive verse in Middle Scots. His surviving corpus amounts to fewer than five thousand lines.

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Author : Robert Henryson
Publisher : Farrar Straus Giroux
Data Published : 28 September 2010
ISBN : 0374532451
EAN : 9780374532451
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 183 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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