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Chaucer from Prentice to PoetThe Metaphor of Love in Dream Visions and Troilus and Criseyde$
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Edward I. Condren

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032412

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032412.001.0001

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Parliament of Fowls

Parliament of Fowls

(p.63) 3 Parliament of Fowls
Chaucer from Prentice to Poet

Edward I. Condren

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the Parliament of Fowls, which has very little to do with a beautiful poem about love and sorrow in Troy, despite sharing its metrical form. It proposes that the Parliament of Fowls follows a rich compositional strategy that began to fall out of fashion in the Renaissance and is now almost entirely unavailable to modern criticism. Based on the remarkable numerical design advanced in this chapter, it seems more likely that the Parliament of Fowls was designed from the beginning to be both a spatial and a temporal representation of the wondrous harmony of the created world.

Keywords:   Parliament of Fowls, metrical form, modern criticism, numerical design, compositional strategy, representation, created world

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