Henryson's Fables Analytical Essay by ClemenceD

Henryson's Fables
This paper analyzes Robert Henryson's persuasion techniques in his work, "Morall Fabillis".
# 106402 | 2,748 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2004 | FR
Published on Jul 31, 2008 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The paper examines the different ways to which Robert Henryson turns turns in order to persuade his audience, first in going through the kind of relationship that exists between the literal and figurative levels of meaning, then in applying the process to the first of the Morall Fabillis. Eventually, the paper looks at the concept of the world as a book that we read, the ultimate commitment of the Fables.

From the Paper:

"Opening the moralitas of the 'The Cock and the Fox,' a fable written by the first of the great Middle Scots makers, these lines indicate the seriousness of Henryson's intentions as well as the central point in the Morall Fabillis, i.e. that stories may be used to point a moral. This constant insistence on the moral purpose of art is one of the most outstanding features of the Fables, both in its assertion and in its practical application by means of the moralitates. Indeed, Henryson's choice of telling animal stories is justified in his Prologue by the statement that human beings in some aspects of their behaviour approach the condition of the animals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fox, Denton, ed. Robert Henryson: The Poems. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987.
  • Jack, R.D.S. and P.A.T. Rozendaal, eds. The Mercat Anthology of Early Scottish Literature: 1375-1707. Edinburgh: Mercat Press, 1997.
  • Kindrick, Robert L., ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Kalamazoo (Michigan): Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1997.
  • Morgan, Edwin, ed. Scottish Satirical Verse: An Anthology. Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1980.
  • Wood, H. Harvey, ed. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson, Schoolmaster of Dunfermline. Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1958.

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