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A Project by the Department of Medieval English Literature and Historical Linguistics, University of Düsseldorf

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1250 1300

Land of Cockaygne

The earliest fully comic tale in Middle English is The Land of Cockaygne, preserved in the MS Harley and probably composed in Ireland. The poem combines elements of a satire with those of parody. It is the vision of the Cloud-Cuckoo-Land or Land of Fair-Ease in which the daily routine of monks and nuns is depicted in great detail. The abbeys are places of sinful life and neglect. Gluttony and unrestrained sexual desire are among the worst offences of the holy men and women.
Literature, Middle English Period, Poetry