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The Owl and the Nightingale


The Owl and the Nightingale
(Manchester University Press, 1972, edited by E.G.Stanley)
Photos: today.
The Owl and the Nightingale is a twelfth- or thirteenth-century Middle English poem detailing a debate between an owl and a nightingale as overheard by the poem’s narrator. It is the earliest example in Middle English of a literary form known as debate poetry (or verse contest).
(Manchester University Press, 1972)
In between lectures on “The Owl and the Nightingale’, back in my private heady days (say 1968-1972), I was buying Soft Machine Vol.1 & 2 or Anthems of the Sun, and Then Play On and so on and on: see photo.

Please notice that, in said halcyon days, I was an avid student of old-English literature too. To no avail. Uneasy match…

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