Chaucer had nothing of the reformer or the preacher in him, and his forte was not satire but naughty irony.
But Langland in and Gower in all his major works aimed at different effects.
An eclogue is, generally, a short poem, especially a pastoral dialogue (generally between shepherds and shepherdesses), written in the manner of Virgil and Theocritus.
The man who introduced the eclogue in England was Alexander Barclay, the translator of the famous work of the German poet Sebastian Brant, entitled by him His eclogues ‘were mainly modelled upon tjiose of the Italian poet Mantuanus and have elements of satire which we find absent from those of Virgil.
Moreover, very few of these Chaucerians thought of imitating the best work of Chaucer, namely As regards “drama” and prose the age was not so unproductive, however.
Sir Thomas Malory and Caxton, in particular, contributed not meanly to the development and fixation of English prose. Caxton is an important figure in the history of English literature as it was he who initiated the art of printing in England.
Let us discuss the salient features and trends of the poetry of the fifteenth century.
Reason with his golden targe (shield) tries unsuccessfully to protect the poet from the arrows of Love.
Stephen Hawes in his provide some more examples of the allegorical dream-poetry.
The fifteenth century was a period of singular barrenness as regards literary production, particularly poetry.
No poet of the century comes anywhere near Chaucer who dominated the previous century like a colossus.