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Ode to the Medieval Poets by W. H. Auden | Sunday, February 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

February 21st, 2016

Episode 501 of 784 episodes

Chaucer, Langland, Douglas, Dunbar, with all your brother Anons, how on earth did you ever manage, without anaesthetics or plumbing, in daily peril from witches, warlocks, lepers, The Holy Office, foreign mercenaries burning as they came, to write so cheerfully, with no grimaces of self-pathos? Long-winded you could be but not vulgar, bawdy but not... Read more »

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