from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Langland, William 1332?-1400. English poet who is credited with the authorship of The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman, a medieval religious allegory.


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  • [Footnote 1: _The English Humorists of the Eighteenth Century_.] [Footnote 2: Cf. Lenient, _History of French Satire_.] [Footnote 3: Thomson's _Ante-Augustan Latin Poetry_.] [Footnote 4: Cf. Mackail; Paten, _Études sur la Poésie latine_.] [Footnote 5: See Skeat's "Langland" in _Encyclop.

    English Satires

  • All around the world this week, as Haiti voted and March Madness got started and residents of the Japan quake zone sought help and supplies, people found themselves having to take a line from William Langland, 'Patience is a virtue.'

    Hurry Up and Wait

  • “Truth taught me once to love them each one,” William Langland wrote in his fourteenth-century epic poem Piers Plowman.

    World Wide Mind

  • Soon she's riding the trails with the craggy Gay Langland (Gable).

    Tom Gregory: Marilyn Monroe's Vision for a New America

  • And something I try to do frequently is go back and read or reread stuff from earlier periods of English: early modern stuff like Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, sure, but also stuff from the late medieval period: Chaucer, Langland, the Pearl-poet, Malory.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Massachusetts and took a creative writing course from the poet Joseph Langland.

    Paul Theroux biography

  • A more sympathetic witness to the dramatic appearance of the mad at Bethlem would have been William Langland c. 1330c. 1387, who lived in a ramshackle cottage in the Cornhill, not far from Bishopsgate.


  • At 15.04 Swansea Coastguard received a MAYDAY call from an angling vessel which was aground at the entrance to the Docks in Swansea Bay followed by a 999 call reporting that a kite surfer was in difficulty in the water at Langland a few miles along the coast.

    Water users get caught out in strong winds

  • My favorite music was also pre-Purcell, in architecture my interest was in Norman and Gothic, in literature my favorites were Chaucer and Langland.

    All the Way to Heaven is Heaven

  • Little is known about Langland himself (a hired church singer?), but he gives us the Creation Myth as seen from below-stairs.

    One Great Book Per Life


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