Seamus Heaney, translator --> reviewed by Jeffrey Greggs -->

The great fifteenth-century Scots poet Robert Henryson has been, by and large, relegated to the Ivory Tower. On this side of the Atlantic, he is outside the purview of almost all but graduate students and specialists. Even among initiates, very little is known about him outside the approximately 5,000 lines of his poetry that have survived. Thanks to Seamus Heaney’s recent translations, however, two of his works, The Testament of Cresseid and The Moral Fables, are now back in circulation.

Most scholars place Henryson’s date of birth somewhere between 1420 and 1430. The setting for his education is also obscure; the first (unconfirmed but credible) record...


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