Sandra Pierson Prior is a senior scholar at Columbia University,
where she retired as associate professor of English and comparative
literature and director of the composition program.
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Fayre Formez of the Pearl Poet, The
This book differs from most previous studies of the Pearl poet by treating all of his works
as a whole. Priorís purpose is to identify the underlying poetics of this major body of
English poetry. Drawing on both the visual imagery of medieval art (the study includes 18
full-page illustrations) and the verbal imagery of the Bible and other literary sources, Prior
shows how the poetís "fayre formez" are the result of a coherent and self-conscious view
of the artistís craft.
INTRODUCTION Fayre Formez in a Medieval Christian Poet 1
CHAPTER ONE The Lombe and His Meyny Schene: Signs of God in Pearl and the
CHAPTER TWO Signs of the Divine in Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight 67
CHAPTER THREE Formez of Sacred History in Cleanness and Patience 119
CHAPTER FOUR The Fayre Formez of Pearl and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Works Cited 205
Notes, illustrations, bibliography, index
265 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", January 2002