Title Background

The Use of Latin Quotations in <i>Piers Plowman</i> with Special Reference to Passus XVIII of the ‘B’ Text.

The Use of Latin Quotations in Piers Plowman with Special Reference to Passus XVIII of the ‘B’ Text.

Until B. 18 Latin quotations generally have a didactic function and stand apart from the text of the poem. But as the disparity of words and works is exposed, and Piers as a figure of Christ illustrates the need of mankind to act in order to be saved, Latin quotations are here more than elsewhere incorporated into the verse-form as part of the narrative action, with their various citations enacted and fulfilled.

Volume

N&Q ns 33 (1986): 440-48.

Author

Barr, Helen.