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

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1377 1399

Ricardian Poets

Modern scholars sometimes refer to the 'Big Four' of Middle English poetry as the Ricardian poets, so called because they were active during the reign of Richard II. In addition to the Pearl/Gawain-Poet and William Langland, these are Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower. The first two preferred the native alliteration form of poetry, whereas the latter used the romance patterns of rhymed stanzas.
Literature, Middle English Period, Poetry