By George Kane
This word list is designed as a better half to William Langland's dream imaginative and prescient poem, Piers Plowman, greatly considered as the best literary paintings in center English previous Chaucer. It glosses and explains over 5000 English phrases, and overseas phrases used as though English, within the A, B and C texts of Piers Plowman published within the critically-acclaimed Athlone variants. the place attainable, it illustrates phrases with examples from all 3 models. the 1st word list to Piers Plowman was once compiled in 1886 via Sir William Skeat yet there was no try, in the past, to supply a brand new thesaurus that takes account of the massive advances in center English scholarship over the past century. This new thesaurus offers specific consciousness to the unique difficulties inherent in its topic, how the texts have been preserved, written and bought of their time. It takes account of the dialectical and morphological diversifications among the 3 texts; the grammar of Langland's sort; the richly figurative texture of the rhetorical language utilized in the poem; and the remoteness of many components in its content material from sleek tradition and its values.
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