Pearl (poem) Summary

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  • 13 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (13)

993 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, Morris considers Pearl to be a valuable resource for understanding early English and the art and tradition of the poet. [In "The Pearl"], the author evidently g... Read more
5,787 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, Schotter considers the theme of Pearl to be the inadequacy of both images and human language to convey the idea of the Divine. Any Christian visionary writer must confront the ... Read more
6,204 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Staley argues that because the poet placed the dreamer's experience in the month of harvest, the dreamer recognizes the importance of time as a catalyst for his spiritua... Read more
12,136 words, approx. 41 pages
In the following essay, Stanbury describes the poem as an allegorical fiction and compares it to the pilgrimage-narrative genre of travel literature and to the tradition of medieval illustrated Apocal... Read more
10,552 words, approx. 36 pages
In the following essay, Rhodes argues that instead of regarding the dreamer as a mere foil to the Maiden, the dreamer should be viewed as her equal and the poem should be seen as accurately reflecting... Read more
7,128 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Brown describes the Pearl author as an ecclesiastic who, two hundred years prior to the Protestant Reformation, created a three-hundred-line argument equating the grace receive... Read more
11,308 words, approx. 38 pages
In the following essay, Gollancz discusses the Pearl manuscript, its contents and date, the poem's place in English literature; the plan of the poem, its genre, and its relationship to its main... Read more
13,153 words, approx. 44 pages
In the following essay, Wellek asserts that Pearl is a dream vision that uses allegory to present Pearl as the object of divine grace. A lucky chance has preserved to us two English poems of the fourt... Read more
6,073 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Moorman defines the poem's real subject as the narrator's mind: the stages of his conversation with the Pearl maiden represent stages leading to his personal rede... Read more
5,711 words, approx. 20 pages
In this excerpt, Everett argues that the so-called alliterative revival was actually part of a continuous tradition and that Pearl can be compared to Milton's Lycidas and Dante's Divine ... Read more
9,671 words, approx. 33 pages
In the following essay, Gardner places Pearl in the tradition of alliterative courtly verse and comments on the poet's skillful use of the elaborate ornamentation created with patterns of rhyme... Read more
8,563 words, approx. 29 pages
In the following essay, Bishop finds that the liturgy in use during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries provides important information for understanding the poet's characterization of the Pear... Read more
13,507 words, approx. 46 pages
In the following excerpt, Spearing describes Pearl as an extended dramatic narrative in which the literal-minded dreamer interacts with the celestial maiden in a way that reveals the difference betwee... Read more