The Poetry of Skelton Additional Summary

John Skelton


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Carlson, David R., ed. John Skelton and Early Modern Culture: Papers Honoring Robert S. Kinsman. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008. Papers in this collection examine Skelton and the royal court, his English poems in manuscript and print, the lyrics of The Garlande of Laurell from manuscript to print, and his work in relationship to other writers of his era.

Carpenter, Nan Cooke. John Skelton. New York: Twayne, 1967. An excellent introductory volume. Places Skelton in the intellectual, political, and artistic settings of his times.

Cooney, Helen. “Skelton’s Bowge of Court and the Crisis of Allegory in Late-Medieval England.” In Nation, Court, and Culture: New Essays on Fifteenth-Century English Poetry. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. Collection of essays reappraising the political and aesthetic importance of fifteenth century English poetry. The contributors maintain that England in this period was about to experience radical and irrevocable change, and they analyze how Skelton and other poets respond to these developments.

Fish, Stanley. John Skelton’s Poetry. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1965. A closely reasoned work giving special attention to the composition and techniques of Skelton’s verse. “Speak, Parrot” is extensively analyzed.

Griffiths, Jane. John Skelton and Poetic Authority: Defining the Liberty to Speak. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. An analysis of Skelton’s writings, linking his poetic theory to his work as a writer and translator and reassessing his place in English literature.

Heiserman, Arthur Ray. Skelton and Satire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. Views Skelton and his poetry in terms of the traditions of medieval satire, particularly in his use of conventional rhetorical figures and allegory. Considers Skelton to be a traditional figure in the English literature of his time.

Kinney, Arthur F. John Skelton, Priest as Poet: Seasons of Discovery. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987. Disputes the contentions that Skelton was primarily an early Renaissance Humanist, a typically medieval satirist, and an idiosyncratic poet. In the place of these views, Kinney advances the thesis that Skelton was foremost a priest, whose verses were concerned with moral and religious themes and ideas.

Pollet, Maurice. John Skelton: Poet of Tudor England. Translated by John Warrington. Cranbury, N.J.: Bucknell University Press, 1971. Useful in placing Skelton within the political context of his times. Offers helpful insights about how Skelton’s poetics were shaped by his politics.