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 for next year, 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.