Piers Plowman | Study Guide

William Langland

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William Langland

Year Published

c. 1378


Epic Poem


Allegory, Religion, Satire

Perspective and Narrator

Piers Plowman is told in the first person. Will, the narrator, experiences a series of eight dream visions, which he describes throughout the 20 books of this work.


Piers Plowman is in past tense.

About the Title

One of the main characters—Piers Plowman—serves as the author's representation of Jesus Christ. Piers is a farmer who labors to serve mankind; he is at times presented as an ideal of Christ's message of love and at other times as an embodiment of Christ himself. The full title of the work is The Vision of Piers Plowman.


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