Nature and its background in The parliament of fowls and Piers Plowman

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June Jarman Flick (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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James Wimsatt

Abstract: The allegorical figure of Nature has been prominent in English literature since about 1350 and bears with it a long and changing literary tradition. Medieval authors who personified Nature adopted those aspects of this goddess which best suited their individual purpose, thus accounting for the interesting variations one encounters in this figure. In order to understand how the prevailing doctrine concerning Nature reached the Middle Ages, an examination of the earlier concepts of Nature is briefly undertaken. In this examination particular emphasis is placed on Boethius' the Consolation of Philosophy because of its overall philosophical importance to the Middle Ages, and especially because of its influence upon Chaucer's later writings.

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Language: English
Date: 1968
Chaucer, Geoffrey, $d d. 1400 $x Criticism and interpretation
Chaucer, Geoffrey, $d d. 1400. $t Parliament of fowls
Langland, William, $d 1330?-1400? $x Criticism and interpretation
Langland, William, $d 1330?-1400? $t Piers Plowman
Nature in literature

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