The Testament Of Cresseid And Seven Fables by Robert HenrysonThe Testament Of Cresseid And Seven Fables by Robert Henryson

The Testament Of Cresseid And Seven Fables

byRobert HenrysonTranslated bySeamus Heaney

Paperback | May 25, 2010

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The greatest of the late medieval Scottish makars, Robert Henryson wrote in Lowland Scots, a distinctive northern version of English. He was profoundly influenced by Chaucer's vision of the frailty and pathos of human life. His greatest poem, and one of the rhetorical masterpieces of the literature of these islands, is the narrative Testament of Cresseid, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, which completes the story of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, offering a grim and tragic account of its faithless heroine's rejection by her lover Diomede, and her decline into prostitution and leprosy. A work of unreconciled Shakespearean intensity, the Testament has been translated by Seamus Heaney into a confident and yet faithful modern English idiom which honours the poem's unique blend of detachment and compassion.

A master of narrative, Henryson was also a comic master of the verse fable; his burlesques of human weakness in the guise of animal wisdom are traced with delicate comedy and irony. Seven of the Fables are here sparklingly translated; their burlesque freshness rendered to the last claw and feather. Seven Fables and The Testament of Cresseid is an extraordinarily rich and wide-ranging encounter between two poets across six centuries.

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966, and was followed by poetry, criticism and translations which established him as the leading poet of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and twice won the Whitbread Book of...
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Title:The Testament Of Cresseid And Seven FablesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.75 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:Faber & Faber AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0571249663

ISBN - 13:9780571249664

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