"Take Anothir Forme": The Selection of Forms in Thomas Hoccleve's Work

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2013
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This session will explore how recent critical interest in form and formalism might contribute to our understanding of Hoccleve’s work as a maker of poetry and books. It will also explore how Hoccleve’s making of poetry and of books might contribute to our understanding of form in the early fifteenth century. Hoccleve’s own diction suggests that the selection of forms in the bureaucratic and moral realms can determine the difference between “harm and deceit” and “reward and truth.” To what extent do these consequences apply to the selection of literary and physical forms in Hoccleve’s work and, more broadly, to our conception of form in the early fifteenth century?David A. Watt