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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Puzzle: What Doest Thou, Dude?

Today's puzzle is based on verse from the very first page of James Fenton's An Introduction to English Poetry. The following is an extract from a poem written around the year 1375.
Queme quyssewes then that coyntlych closed,
His thik thrawen thyghes with thwonges to tachched;
And sithen the brawden bryné of bryght stel rynges
Umbeweved that wyy, upon wlonk stuffe,
And wel bornyst brace upon his both armes,
With gode cowters and gay, and gloves of plate…
The puzzle? Determine what act is being described here.

Fenton says, “But who, without specialist help, could arrive at the conclusion that…?” Can you figure it out?

Posted at March 21, 2006 00:52