Chaucer: The Complaint unto Pity.

Author / Editor
Pittock, Malcolm.

Chaucer: The Complaint unto Pity.

Criticism 1 (1959): 160-68.

Describes several "difficulties" in the close reading of medieval poetry, and then examines complex "interplay between the real and apparent plots" of "Pity," reading the addressee as both a Lady and as an abstract emption, and tracing shifting meanings, tones, and themes that result in a "remarkable fusion" of complaint, complement, and instruction

Chaucer Subjects
Complaint unto Pity
Style and Versification