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The Stonecutter's Tale
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The form of the narrative poem is probably the earliest written record of the English language as it emerged during the middle ages. The poets were intelligent and inventive and the scraps and... More > fragments that remain for study continue to fascinate and amuse readers and listeners today. Simon Kellow-Bingham has employed a similar method as these ancient rhymers to bring an old story to a new audience.
The Stonecutter’s Tale takes two stories, that of Saint Erkenwald, an anonymously penned 14th Century alliterative poem and the timeless folk story, The Peddler Of Swaffham, and brings them together into twenty-five verses of rhyming couplets. First performed in 2001 The Stonecutter’s Tale has been refined over ten years to become the poem within these pages.
This edition includes an updated introduction and note on the text with a select bibliography for further reading.< Less
The "Pearl Poet", or the "Gawain Poet", is the name given to the author of Pearl, an alliterative poem written in 14th-century Middle English. Its author appears also to have... More > written the poems Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Cleanness; some scholars suggest the author may also have composed Saint Erkenwald. Save for the latter (found in BL-MS Harley 2250), all these works are known from a single surviving manuscript, the British Library holding Cotton Nero A.x. This body of work includes some of the greatest poetry written in Middle English.
The Pearl Poet remains unidentified. Some scholarship has argued to assign the poem to one John Massey, a member of the landed gentry from Cheshire. This attribution of the poems of Cotton Nero A.x is not widely accepted, however, reflected in the ongoing use of the labels "Pearl Poet" or "Gawain Poet."< Less