Title

Form and Continuity in the Alliterative Tradition: Cruciform Design and Double Birth in Two Stanzaic Poems

Publication Title

Modern Language Quarterly

Publication Date

3-1992

Document Type

Article

Keywords

form, continuity, alliterative tradition, cruciform design, double birth, stanzaic poems

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Abstract

Analyzes the neglected aspect of fifteenth-century alliterative tradition in 'The Dispute between Mary and the Cross' and 'The Foure Leues of the Trewlufe'. Focus on Mary and the Cross; Similarity in innovative poetic structures; Didactic purpose; Symbolism of stones; Differences in style; External similarities; Demonstrations of incarnational impulses.


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