I argue that Gower uses metaphorical images common from vernacular romance—particularly the image of the rudderless ship—to help himself and his readers process the upheaval of the Great Rising. As a healing narrative, the Visio is meant as a public, political text that can begin healing at both personal and communal levels. The Visio is reforming, but it is not radical. In Gower’s worldview, social reform must begin with the highest levels of society and move downward.
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This is the final version of the article originally published in South Atlantic Review, Volume 79, No. 3-4, pages 76-88. Copyright 2014, South Atlantic Modern Language Association.