Short Questions From Middle English Alliterative Poems :William Langland’s "The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman" and "The Pearl"


Q. What is the common rhyme scheme of Old and Middle English alliterative poems? Give an example.

 Ans: Old and Middle English alliterative poems are commonly written in form of four-stress lines. Of these poems, William Langland’s The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman, better known as Piers Plowman, is the most significant.


Ans: in the form of dream visions William Langland’s The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman protests the plight of the poor, the avarice of the powerful, and the sinfulness of all people. The emphasis, however, is placed on a Christian vision of the life of activity, of the life of unity with God, and of the synthesis of these two under the rule of a purified church.

Q.Which best Italian poet’s work is compared to William Langland’s The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman ?

Ans: William Langland’s The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman bears comparison with the other great Christian visionary poem, La divina commedia (The Divine Comedy), by Dante. For both, the watchwords are heavenly love and love operative in this world.

Q. Give an example of shorter alliterative vision poem of Middle English?

Ans:  The Pearl, written in about 1370, is shorter alliterative vision poem.

Q. How is The Pearl deliver elegiac note?

Ans: More ecstatic tone, artistic in style, The Pearl is an elegy for the death of a small girl. The poem describes the exalted state of childlike innocence in heaven and the need for all souls to become as children to enter the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem.

Q. Does the poem The Pearl ends in optimism?

Ans: The Pearl is an elegy for the death of a small girl. However the girl is the Christian symbol of innocence, heaven and love. Optimistically, thus, the work ends with an impressive vision of heaven, from which the dreamer awakes.

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