John Gower: Vox Clamantis (3398 words)

Rebecca Menmuir (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
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The Vox Clamantis [The Voice of One Crying] (hereafter the Vox) by John Gower (d. 1408) is one of the poet’s three major works, alongside the Mirour de l’Omme and Confessio Amantis. This entry includes information on both the Vox and Gower’s Cronica tripertita [A Chronicle in Three Parts] (hereafter Cronica), which is often included as an addendum to the Vox in critical editions. Composed c. 1380–82, the Vox is a long poem, with over 10,000 lines denouncing the sins of fourteenth-century England. Seven books act as estates satire (a late-medieval genre which …

Citation: Menmuir, Rebecca. "Vox Clamantis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 February 2021 [, accessed 22 April 2021.]

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