Ten Short Medieval Poems via Interesting Literature

Medieval poetry can be a daunting field to dip into (to mix our metaphors terribly). Although Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales and Dante’s Divine Comedy are masterpieces and essential reading, perhaps the best route into medieval poetry – as with any poetry – is to start small. What follows is our pick of the best short medieval poems written in English.

In the midst of literature planning, I found some ideas for medieval poetry selections from Interesting Literature. A Christendom Primary Sources Reader for our high school humanities class at Providence Prep is in the works—definitely a few possibilities here for inclusion.

An illumination in a manuscript of Guillaume de Machaut’s verse novel Le remède de fortune showing an outdoors dancing scene, c 1350

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