The Parliament of Fowls
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In the Parliament of Fowls,1 as in the House of Fame, the poet is seeking and exploring. This is at once made clear in the opening stanzas where the poet tells how he has been reading all day in an old book, 'a certeyn thing to leme\ As the poem proceeds, too, he continues to seek and to inquire. What he sees, experi ences and hears is put in such a way that it leads him and us to ask questions, many of which remain unanswered. We, the readers, are thus infected with his questioning spirit; though we are quite prepared to dwell on the delightful and charming tale as it is told, at the same time we wonder and ponder over the hidden purposes and unsolved problems that underlie these stanzas. In the House of Fame this seeking had led to a series of experiments, proceeding by sometimes abrupt turns; in the Parliament we find it rounded into a conscious work of art; for the attitude of exploration and inquiry has here found its con vincing artistic expression.