MEDI 360 topic: An Anthology of Medieval English Poetry


This course is devoted to a single large manuscript (Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Ashmole 61), which contains over forty short and long poems on many different subjects, presenting a broad cross-section of popular verse in Middle English. We will progress by reading “cover to cover,” pausing to examine various recreational, devotional, and educational texts. The book is a gathering of sacred and secular verse, with a particular focus on the moral formation of children within the later medieval household.

Instructor: Dr. Allan Mitchell