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Arts of DyingLiterature and Finitude in Medieval England$
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D. Vance Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226640853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.001.0001

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The Care of the Archive: John Audelay’s Three Dead Kings

The Care of the Archive: John Audelay’s Three Dead Kings

(p.230) Chapter Twelve The Care of the Archive: John Audelay’s Three Dead Kings
Arts of Dying

D. Vance Smith

University of Chicago Press

One of the most formally complex poems in English, The Three Living and the Three Dead by John Audelay, imagines its language as a haunting that is complicated by, and that demands, acts of memorial adequate to the dead and the ethical responsibilities of the living. The intricate, subtle structure of the poem demands a hermeneutic care that the poem's ending suggests is a version of the care of the dead.

Keywords:   John Audelay, The Three Living and the Three Dead, care of the dead, memorial, form, archive

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