Serious Play

Serious Play

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Through an imaginative analysis of Ovid's amatory poetry, Chaucer's dream poems and excerpts from the Canterbury Tales, and Ariosto's epic Orlando Furioso, Robert W. Hanning illuminates the contrast and continuities in often hilarious, always empathetic representations of bungled desire and thwarted political authority. He also documents the response of all three poets to the qauthorityq of cultural predecessors and poetic convention. Each poet lived through exciting times (Augustan Rome, Late-medieval London, and high-Renaissance Italy, respectively) and their outsider-insider status links them as memorable speakers of comedic truth to power. Providing fresh perspectives on Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto within their rich historical moments, Serious Play isolates the elements that make their work so appealing centuries after they lived, observed, and wrote.effeminacy leveled against love poets and their verse by partisans of a more austere, heroic poetic art: the elegiac ... a poetic foot from the barda#39;s would-be epic verse does Cupid justify (or, in poetic terms, make decorous) this sneaky theft byanbsp;...

Title:Serious Play
Author:Robert Hanning
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2010-10-06


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