Marie Borroff is a literary critic, poet and philologist as well as mediaevalist, with a particular interest in the powers and effects of poetic language. In this collection of essays she explores problems of central importance in the poetry of Chaucer and his nameless contemporary, the "Gawain" - or "Pearl" - poet. The work should be useful in the study of late-Middle English literature.
Marie Borroff is Sterling Professor of English, Emeritus, at Yale University. Her verse-translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Pearl are well known, and she is the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Stylistic and Metrical Study, and a collection of poems, Stars and Other Signs, both published by Yale University Press.