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By Thomas C. Moser Jr.

Thomas C. Moser, Jr. explores the attention-grabbing physique of medieval Latin erotic poetry present in English manuscripts. His research describes the highbrow and social context from which the nice erotic songs of the 12th century emerged, and examines a number of erotic poems, from tuition workouts to the remarkable lyrics present in Arundel 384. He additionally illuminates the impression of neoplatonic philosophy in this poetry, explicating key neoplatonic texts and making use of that evaluation in shut readings of erotic lyrics from a similar interval and milieu.

A Cosmos of wish will curiosity students of medieval literature in addition to experts in Latin poetry and philosophy. scholars of heart English literature will locate that it fills a massive hole in our figuring out of English highbrow existence among the 12th and the fourteenth century. All Latin prose and poetry is translated, a few works for the 1st time, and the ebook is generously illustrated with pictures of the manuscripts discussed.

Thomas C. Moser, Jr. is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Maryland, collage Park.

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Not surprisingly for admirers of Ovid and Horace who were also teachers, they wrote about eros, recovering erotic material from the classics and analyzing the workings of eros in their own world. Imaginative play with classical myth and poetry provided them with one key to understanding eros in the life of the wise and educated man. They recognized the danger eros posed to an ordered and moral life, described the erotic power of male and female bodies, and observed the strug- gle between learning and erotic desire.

Around io8o, a year when all four were actively writing, Fulcoius was an archdeacon, Godfrey and Marbod were chancellors of important cathedral schools, and Baudri was the abbot of a rich Benedictine abbey near Tours. The four shared, by and large, a common set of attitudes about classical poetry and about the writing of Latin verse. They saw themselves as the inheritors and transformers of a revered classical heritage, and Ovid was probably the single most important classical presence in their creative lives.

23 Ida is "sana" and knows how to love ("amare") without cupidinous burning, while Fulcoius risks becoming insanus; "femineae flammae" threaten men who must be "forte" to resist erotic desire and its false promises. This implied con- trast between weaker men and wise men of virtue is one that will recur with some regularity in later erotic verse and be metaphorically realized in the figure of Hercules. " Fulcoius's response to heteroerotic desire is more nuanced in a description of Bathsheba that occurs in epistle io, a four-hundred-line poem addressed to Fulcrad, archdeacon of Laon.

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