Perhaps the greatest Middle English work in our dialect is "The Vision of Piers Plowman
", written in the later 1300s by a man who was probably brought up either in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire or in the Clee Hills in Shropshire.
(37) William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman
: A Critical Edition of the B-Text Based on Trinity College Cambridge Ms.
Nearby William Langland the great visionary poet 'meatless and moneyless on Malvern Hill mused upon this dream' - which was the 'Vision of Piers Plowman
' - a bitter satire on 14th century country life .
John), and William Langland's Vision of Piers Plowman
(1370s) in which Lady Church says that her father is the Great God.
The speaker is a literary cousin of Piers Plowman, the agrarian malcontent whom sixteenth-century reformers regarded as a "fore-elder." Although William Caxton had published the works of Chaucer, Gower, and Malory, The Vision of Piers Plowman
attributed to William Langland was a notable exception.
This is the subject of her fine translation of a section of William Langlands's classic work, The Vision of Piers Plowman
, which concludes Five Fields with these lines: "But what has most moved me / is how the lives of beasts are purposeful / and only man, rich or poor, is most unreasonable."
Auden set his masterpiece The Vision of Piers Plowman
on the hills, and playwright George Bernard Shaw was based in the area.
Schmidt (ed.), The Vision of Piers Plowman
The Vision of Piers Plowman
: A Complete Edition of the B Text.
Schmidt's edition of the B-text (The Vision of Piers Plowman
[London: Everyman, 1991]); hereafter cited parenthetically in the text by passus and line.
Piers Plowman (in full The Vision of Piers Plowman
) Middle English alliterative poem presumed to have been written by Langland, William.
Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman
; English language used to open Parliament