John Gower

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  • Karen Elaine Smyth (University of East Anglia)

With Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland, John Gower is one of the most important poets of the English Middle Ages, his renown resting on his numerous short lyrics and the four poems known as the Mirour de l'Omme, Vox Clamantis, Cronica Tripertita [also called Cronica Tripartita, i.e. the Tripartite Chronicle], and Confessio Amantis. Very little is known of Gower's life, but his work is of impressive scope, being written in French, Latin and English, in genres ranging from love lyrics to didactic poems, and addressing religious, political, historical and moral themes. However, the critical heritage has not always compared the poet favourably with his contemporaries because of his reputation …

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Smyth, Karen Elaine. "John Gower". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 April 2008
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Articles on Gower's works

  1. Cinkante Balades
  2. Confessio Amantis
  3. Mirour de l'Omme