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PIERS PLOWMAN

One of my literary pastimes is writing a review of this 14th Century poem, trying to make it more fun and less hard work. Langland does have some beautiful similies. He is castigating people who have an awful lot of this world’s goodies but still want more  and more of something. The extra amount they seek will be tiny compared to what they own already. Langland says they are “Like one who filled a tun from a fresh river and marched forth with it to moisten the Thames”. What a marvellous illustration of a pointless activity!

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