By Thomas C. Moser Jr.
Thomas C. Moser, Jr. explores the interesting physique of medieval Latin erotic poetry present in English manuscripts. His examine describes the highbrow and social context from which the nice erotic songs of the 12th century emerged, and examines various erotic poems, from institution routines to the superb lyrics present in Arundel 384. He additionally illuminates the impact of neoplatonic philosophy in this poetry, explicating key neoplatonic texts and using that evaluation in shut readings of erotic lyrics from an analogous 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 huge hole in our figuring out of English highbrow lifestyles among the 12th and the fourteenth century. All Latin prose and poetry is translated, a few works for the 1st time, and the booklet is generously illustrated with images of the manuscripts discussed.
Thomas C. Moser, Jr. is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Maryland, collage Park.
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They are philosophical in the sense that they examine the nature of heteroerotic attraction as it might be mediated through letters, but they are not moralistic and offer no clear criticism of eros of the sort we just observed in three of the four poems from the Zurich collec- tion. Like "De puero," they have the air of the schoolroom and the literary exercise about them. If, as critics have imagined, these epistles were actually sent to young women, the most likely recipients were women, not necessarily nuns, living at the convent of Le Ronceray in Angers during the time the poet taught in that city,86 although there is no compelling reason to suppose these poems were composed for any individual.
Exuit et uestes. Patuit corpus niuis instar. Vt latet externo flos cortice tempore uerno; Vtque latet, lente paulatim sole calente, Exuuiis positis, patuit sic gratia Ditis Forma Bethsabe, muliebre decus sine labe. [She takes off her robe, hair blacker than ink appears, which, fearing nothing, she allows to go free. She takes off her clothes. Her body is exposed, the image of snow. ]28 Her flesh is an absolute (her features are "redder than red, whiter than white, blacker than black") transcending the beauties of the world (the rose, lily, and hyacinth) and surpassing "precious stones, gold, estates and farms" in value (11.
5, in which the speaker regrets the madness of a recent love and vows henceforth to live chastely. Marbod uses the rhetorical device of the oxymoron to invoke the misery of a disordered existence, in particular desire's ability to cause the lover's wandering mind ("errabat mea mens") to experience things as their opposites: "quam decipit omnis amator! / Turpia pulchra putat, pro nigris candida mutat" [how every lover deceives! He con- siders foul things beautiful and exchanges white for black].
A Cosmos of Desire: The Medieval Latin Erotic Lyric in English Manuscripts (Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Civilization) by Thomas C. Moser Jr.