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By George Kane

This thesaurus is designed as a better half to William Langland's dream imaginative and prescient poem, Piers Plowman, extensively considered as the best literary paintings in heart English previous Chaucer. It glosses and explains over 5000 English phrases, and international phrases used as though English, within the A, B and C texts of Piers Plowman revealed within the critically-acclaimed Athlone variants. the place attainable, it illustrates phrases with examples from all 3 types. the 1st word list to Piers Plowman was once compiled in 1886 by way of Sir William Skeat yet there was no try, previously, to supply a brand new word list that takes account of the significant advances in heart English scholarship over the past century. This new word list supplies specific cognizance to the particular difficulties inherent in its topic, how the texts have been preserved, written and bought of their time. It takes account of the dialectical and morphological adaptations among the 3 texts; the grammar of Langland's type; the richly figurative texture of the rhetorical language utilized in the poem; and the remoteness of many parts in its content material from sleek tradition and its values.

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