Gawin Douglas: Palice of Honour (1530 words)

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Gavin Douglas’ poem The Palice of Honour (1501) is a text from the turn of the sixteenth century: Priscilla Bawcutt states the approximate date of its completion as 1501 (Bawcutt, Gavin Douglas: A Critical Study 49). Often overlooked in light of his later work the Eneados (1513), a vernacular translation of Virgil’s Aeneid, The Palice of Honour is a text perceived by many as a “trial run” (Parkinson, “The Palis of Honoure: Introduction”). Despite this reputation, The Palice of Honour is a complex text richly indebted to the late medieval traditions of love poetry and courtly verse. Furthermore, it is a prime example of Douglas’ prowess as a poet, a talent which is often overlooked a…

Citation: Hinnie, Lucy R.. "Palice of Honour". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35690, accessed 24 November 2020.]

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