John Lydgate, The Temple of Glas

Darragh Greene (University College Dublin)
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The Temple of Glas is an early fifteenth-century allegorical dream-vision poem, by the Benedictine monk John Lydgate (c. 1371-1449), and written in a blend of iambic pentameter couplets and rhyme royal stanzas. The poem derives from the French courtly love tradition of dits amoureux, such as Jean Froissart’s Le Temple d’honneur, as well as Chaucer’s dream-visions, especially The Parliament of Foules, The House of Fame, and The Prologue to the Legend of Good Women (Pearsall 104-7; Spearing 171-73). There is the possibility that the poem is occasional, concerning some real-life situation, but there is no agreement on this point.

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Citation: Greene, Darragh. "The Temple of Glas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 May 2021 [, accessed 04 June 2023.]

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