The Fayre Formez of the Pearl Poet cover
The Fayre Formez of the Pearl Poet

This book differs from most previous studies of the Pearl poet by treating all of his works as a whole. Prior’s purpose is to identify the underlying poetics of this major body of English poetry. Drawing on both the visual imagery of medieval art (the study includes 18 full-page illustrations) and the verbal imagery of the Bible and other literary sources, Prior shows how the poet’s "fayre formez" are the result of a coherent and self-conscious view of the artist’s craft.

Publication Date: December 31st, 1996
222 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Sandra Pierson Prior is a senior scholar at Columbia University, where she retired as associate professor of English and comparative literature and director of the composition program.

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