Exemplary Comparison from Homer to Petrarch
The book is a study of comparison and identification with exemplary figures drawn from myth, history and historical legend, the Bible, the authorial canon, and literary tradition, from Homer to the interrelated branches of the medieval European vernacular lyric up to the end of the fourteenth century. The first half treats Homer, Virgil, Latin poets from Catullus to Ovid, and late and medieval Latin poets. The second half discusses the troubadour lyric, including Italian and Catalan poets who wrote in the language of the troubadours, the trouvère lyric, the German lyric, and the Sicilian and Italian lyric up to Petrarch. The languages covered are thus classical Greek, classical, post-classical and medieval Latin, Occitan/Old Provençal, Old French, and medieval German and Italian.Representative examples of comparison and identification are given in the original language, followed by translation and textual and literary analysis. OLIVE SAYCE is Emeritus Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages, Somerville College, Oxford.
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The Iliad and the Odyssey
Latin Poets from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
The Troubadour Poets
The Trouvere Poets
The German Poets
The Sicilian and Italian Poets
Glossary of Technical Terms
Achilles Aeneas Alexander amor Andrieu Anon Apollo apostrophe Baudri beauty Bertr Blondel de Nesle Bonagiunta Boppe canso canzone Carmina Burana Catull Catullus Cerveri chancon Chastelain de Couci Chiaro Chretien Cino cited classical comparisons and identifications Daphne descort Diana Dido examples exemplary comparisons exemplary figures expressed Falq final stanza first-person Floris Frauenlob Gauc Giac Guil Guir Gutenburg Hector Helen hero Homer Iliad instances Iseut Jeux-partis Jord lady Laodamia Leich linked lovers Marner medieval minne Morgana motif mythological Narcissus narrative Odyssey Ovid Pallas panegyric Paris Peleus Penelope Petrarch poem of five poet poet's praise Prop proper name Propertius Pyramus Raim Raimb Raimbaut de Vaqueiras reference rhyme Ripoll Romance Rotenburg Sicil Sicilian similes Solomon sonetto stanza story surpasses syntactical Thib Tiphys tornada Tristan troubadour troubadour lyric trouvere lyric Veldeke Venant Venus verb Virgil Vollmann Zorzi