John Gower: Confessio Amantis (3648 words)


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The Confessio Amantis by John Gower (d. 1408) is one of perhaps half-a-dozen truly superior narrative poems written in England at the end of the fourteenth century. Laid out in eight Books of uneven size, the Confessio includes, in addition to a lengthy prologue and a substantial but somewhat shorter epilogue, more than a hundred and thirty stories spread over its 33,444 Middle English lines, arranged, predominantly, in tetrameter couplets. (The so-called “Lover’s Supplication”, twelve stanzas rhyming ABABBCC —rime royal—at lines 2217-2300 in Book VIII, constitutes the only exception.) Also integral to the Confessio are Latin verses, unrhymed elegiac couplets exclusively (save those at VIII.iv), …

Citation: Yeager, RF. "Confessio Amantis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2009 [, accessed 18 August 2022.]

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