Tag Archives: Albert C. Baugh

in verse # 18 : a monstrous fable

Like many a medieval manuscript, Piers the plowman has no title as such.  Walter W. Skeat, who gave it that title, notes, however, that, in the manuscript he used as the basis for his Oxford edition, “we find here [in … Continue reading

Posted in In Verse, Mormon LitCrit, The Past through Literature | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

in verse # 16 : rime royal

In “The horrors of the German language,” chapter 8 of his Words and rules, Steven Pinker reminds us that “no one is biologically disposed to speak a particular language.  The experiments called immigration and conquest, in which children master languages … Continue reading

Posted in In Verse | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

in verse # 14 : the alliterative revival

Literary wayfaring in England did not end with the Norman Conquest in 1066.  It forked, one fork following the lead of the French conquerors, the other the lead of the English conquered.  Both of these were excursions into vulgar territory

Posted in In Verse, The Past through Literature, Thoughts on Language | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments