John Gower (1330-1408) 14-Century Literature

John Gower (1330-1408) 14-Century Literature

John Gower was an English poet, a contemporary of William Langland and the Pearl Poet, and a personal friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Gower’s family has Yorkshire origin and a Kent connection. It is believed that he had training in law and that he had been based in London for most of his life. He wrote extensively in three languages- French, Latin, and English. Gower’s chief works are Speculum Meditantis, Or Speculum Hominis, Or Mirron de l’ Omme written in French, between 1376 – 1379. His first Poem consists of 30,000 lines and is in the nature of a Morality play. This book contains Octosyllabic 12-line stanzas. Vox Clamantis is composed in Latin between 1377-81, and Confessio Amantis, is written in English (1386-1393). Confessio Amantis, is written in the days he believed in Richard ll. He was buried in London (1408).

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