Originally published in 1972, Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric discusses themes and images in religious lyric poetry in Medieval English poetry. The book looks at the affect that tradition and convention had on the religious poetry of the medieval period. It examines the background of the lyrics, including the Latin tradition which was inherited by medieval vernacular and shows how religious lyric poetry presents, through a rich variety of images, the significant incidents in the scheme of Christ’s redemption, such as the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Passion and the Resurrection. It also considers the lyrics which were designed to assist humanity in the task of living in a Christian life, as well as those which prepared them for death.

part |72 pages

The Background

chapter 1|15 pages

The Inherited Tradition

chapter 2|13 pages

Medieval Devotion

chapter 3|28 pages

The English Lyrics, I

chapter 4|14 pages

The English Lyrics, II

part |78 pages

The Scheme of Redemption

chapter 5|20 pages

Christ and the Virgin Mary

chapter 6|27 pages

Annunciation and Nativity

chapter 7|24 pages

The Passion

chapter 8|5 pages

Resurrection and Assumption

part |76 pages

The Life of this World

chapter 9|23 pages

The Christian Life

chapter 10|45 pages

Death and the Last Things

chapter |6 pages