5 November 2021

Episode 2 - Fowles in the Frith 

How do we determine the meaning of a work which has no author? And what responsibility is there in authoring our own interpretation?

We examine the potential meanings of this poem, dig at length into the different ideas of medieval authorship, and find we may have not have wandered yet that far, at all.


Foweles in the frith,
The fisses in the flod,
And I mon waxe wod.
Sulch sorw I walke with
For beste of bon and blod.



 Complete Resources: https://waywordsstudio.com/project/anonymous-fowls-in-the-frith/



 00:00 Ch1 - Intro
03:00 Ch2 - The Challenge of the Text
05:10 Ch3 - A Close Reading
10:19 Ch4 - Some Ways to Meaning
18:31 Ch5 - Essence of the Short Poem - Emily Dickinson
21:51 Ch6 - Medieval Songs and Philosophy
30:42 Ch7 - A History of Authorship
40:23 Ch8 - 99% Perspiration
43:09 Ch13 - Romantic Ego, Disintegration, and the Book
50:39 Ch 15 - Be-Fowling the Canon
54:33 Ch16 - Reason in the Frith
59:01 Ch17 - Outro


 **Ch9 - Related Works
**Ch10 - Who’s Your Daddy?
**Ch11 - Authorship and Ego
**Ch12 - Poetry Challenges the Sacred
**Ch14 - Authors Absent and Present 

**Available to our members on Episode 2+ (the full bonus episode)


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Original music by Randon Myles (https://randonmyles.com/)

Chapter headings by Natalie Harrison and Sarah Skaleski


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It is open to be used and adapted for all not-for-profit uses with proper attribution. 


Chisnell, Steve. “Anonymous: Fowles in the Frith.’” Waywords Studio, 5 Nov. 2021, https://waywordsstudio.com/project/anonymous-fowls-in-the-frith/


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