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    DescriptionIn the later Middle Ages, many writers claimed that prose is superior to verse as a vehicle of knowledge because it presents the truth in an unvarnished form, without the distortions of meter and rhyme. Beginning in the thirteenth century, works of verse narrative from the early Middle Ages were recast in prose, as if prose had become the literary norm. Instead of dying out, however, verse took on new vitality. In France verse texts were produced, in both French and Occitan, with the explicit intention of transmitting encyclopedic, political, philosophical, moral, historical, and other forms of knowledge.In Knowing Poetry, Adrian Armstrong and Sarah Kay explore why and how verse continued to be used to transmit and shape knowledge in France. They cover the period between Jean de Meun's Roman de la rose (c. 1270) and the major work of Jean Bouchet, the last of the grands rhetoriqueurs (c. 1530). The authors find that the advent of prose led to a new relationship between poetry and knowledge in which poetry serves as a medium for serious reflection and self-reflection on subjectivity, embodiment, and time. They propose that three major works the Roman de la rose, the Ovide moralise, and Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy form a single influential matrix linking poetry and intellectual inquiry, metaphysical insights, and eroticized knowledge. The trio of thought-world-contingency, poetically represented by Philosophy, Nature, and Fortune, grounds poetic exploration of reality, poetry, and community."


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    Title
    Knowing Poetry
    Subtitle
    Verse in Medieval France from the "Rose" to the "Rhetoriqueurs"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adrian Armstrong, By (author) Sarah Kay
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801449734
    ISBN 10: 0801449731
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    Libri: I-PO
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADF
    BISAC V2.8: POE005030, LIT004150, POE008000
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    DC22: 841.109
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    BISAC region code: 1.2.2.0.0.0.0
    DC22: 841/.109
    LC classification: PQ151 .A67 2011
    BISAC V2.8: POE022000
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DSC
    Illustrations note
    3
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    19 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "In the process of exploring the various institutions and contexts in which verse is produced from the late thirteenth century onward, Knowing Poetry makes a fresh and compelling case for the study of late medieval French. In a book that can function as a literary history of French poetry in this period, Adrian Armstrong and Sarah Kay offer a rich, complex examination of the textual traditions of late medieval verse." Marilynn Desmond, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, author of Ovid's Art and the Wife of Bath"