Lydgate John

translate Giovanni Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illus-trium from Laurent de Premierfait's French rendition. The Fall of Princes, completed in 1438, is Lydgate's lengthiest work at 36,365 lines and expands Boccaccio's compilation of historical figures oppressed by misfortune into a universal history and encyclopedia of mythology. During this period, Lydgate also composed, among other works, the Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund (1434) and the Debate of the Horse, Goose and Sheep (ca. 1436). Among Lydgate's last significant compositions are Lives of St. Albon and St. Amphabell (1439), Testament of Dan John Lydgate (ca. 1440-49), and Secrees of old Philisoffres (ca. 1449), unfinished at the time of his death.

Aside from his prolific poetic output, Lydgate is also well known for his aureate poetic language (see aureation) as well as his contributions to the development of the English vocabulary through the introduction of new words and repeated use of rare ones. Finally, Lydgate's deference to Chaucer (his poetic "master") and his persistent eulogizing helped cement Chaucer's poetic reputation in the 15 th century and beyond.

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