Literary Influences: Classical [ME]
Brief survey showing Chaucer’s and Gower’s almost total innovation in heavy use of classical literature, as compared to the dearth in prior ME. To PPl “ancient culture contributes only scraps from the Distichs of Cato . . . and a single echo of Juvenal (B.14.304; cf. Juvenal, Satire 10.22).”
Szarmach, et al., Medieval England. 431-32.