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Betwene Ernest and Game: The Literary Artistry of the Confessio Amantis Alexandra Hennessey Olsen

Betwene Ernest and Game: The Literary Artistry of the Confessio Amantis

Alexandra Hennessey Olsen

Published January 1st 1990
ISBN : 9780820411415
Hardcover
130 pages
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This study of the Confessio Amantis by the fourteenth-century poet John Gower uses linguistic and structuralist techniques to assess aspects of the literary artistry of a great but neglected poem. It posits that Dantes Vita Nuova is an analogue thatMoreThis study of the Confessio Amantis by the fourteenth-century poet John Gower uses linguistic and structuralist techniques to assess aspects of the literary artistry of a great but neglected poem. It posits that Dantes Vita Nuova is an analogue that helps us understand the structure of the Confessio and that the Confessio is carefully ordered to promote love, both amor and caritas. The book discusses puns and rimes equivoques as aspects of Gowers literary artistry and residual elements of oral tradition in the Tale of Appolinus of Tyre. It concludes with a reconsideration of the relationship of the narrative materials shared by Gower and his contemporary Chaucer with a view to correcting biases concerning the relative merits of the two poets.