Harmful eloquence: Ovid's Amores from Antiquity to Shakespeare

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University of Michigan Press, 1996 - History - 175 pages
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M. L . Stapleton's "Harmful Eloquence: Ovid's "Amores" from Antiquity to Shakespeare traces the influence of the early elegiac poetry of Ovid (43 b.c.e.-17 c.e.) on European literature from 500-1600 c.e. The "Amores served as a classical model for love poetry in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and were essential to the formation of "fin' Amors, or "courtly love." Medieval Latin poets, the troubadours, Dante, Petrarch, and Shakespeare were all familiar with Ovid in his various forms, and all depended greatly upon his "Amores in composing their "cansos, canzoniere, and sonnets.
"Harmful Eloquence begins with a detailed analysis of the "Amores themselves and their artistic unity. It moves on to explain the fragmentary transmission of the "Amores in the "Latin Anthology" and the cohesion of the fragments into the conventions of Medieval Latin and troubadour "courtly love" poetry. Two subsequent chapters explain the use of the "Amores, their narrator, and the conventions of "courtly love" inthe poetry of both Dante and Petrarch. The final chapter concentrates on Shakespeare's reprocessing and parody of this material in his sonnets.
"Harmful Eloquence analyzes the intertextual transmission of the "Amores in major medieval and Renaissance love poetry for the first time. No previous study has devoted itself exclusively to this Ovidian text in this particular way. The premise that Ovid consciously used the device of persona from the very beginning of his wri

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Contents

The Amores and Personae
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The desultor Amoris before 1100
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Ovid and the Troubadours
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