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The Meaning of Life: The Owl and the Nightingale

Christopher Cannon

in The Grounds of English Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199230396
eISBN:
9780191696459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230396.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter starts by telling that one of the effects of the form of The Owl and the Nightingale is its capacity to shape attempts to describe it. It claims that this effect is evident in that ... More


Companions and Brothers

Sarah Kay

in The Chansons de Geste in the Age of Romance: Political Fictions

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151920
eISBN:
9780191672903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151920.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

It can be observed that certain horizontal ties such as friendship, brotherhood, and companionship are formed between characters – junior men – who belong to the same age group and share the same ... More


Afterword: Reading the Togail

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Conclusion returns to the two key questions underpinning the whole book: in what sense is this saga a work of literature, and how may we establish its meaning? The author explores the range of ... More


Fear

Rebecca Krug

in Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705335
eISBN:
9781501708169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705335.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter traces Kempe's efforts to focus on the present moment, as the Book represents fear as alive and lived in an ever-returning present. According to devotional writers, fear was, on the one ... More


If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the drama of language in Marie de France's Lais and Guigemar. It suggests that this drama involves a deep desire on Marie's part for control over meaning and over intention in ... More


Matthew of Vendôme, Ars Versificatoria, CA. 1175

Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter (eds)

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199653782
eISBN:
9780191803628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0033
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses Ars versificatoria (Art of Poetry or Versification), a treatise written by Matthew of Vendôme around 1175. The Ars versificatoria is the earliest of the ‘new’ arts of poetry ... More


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