Piers Plowman by William Langland| William Langland's Piers Plowman
William Langland's Piers Plowman
Summary Piers Plowman
Piers Plowman in Middle English - lines 1–22 of William Langland's B-Text prologue
Piers Plowman or Visio Willelmi de Petro Ploughman is a Middle English allegorical narrative poem by William Langland. It is written in unrhymed, alliterative verse divided into sections called passus. Like the Pearl Poet's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest works of English literature of the Middle Ages, even preceding and influencing Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Piers Plowman contains the first known allusion to a literary tradition of Robin Hood tales.