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By Thomas C. Moser Jr.

ISBN-10: 0472113798

ISBN-13: 9780472113798

Thomas C. Moser, Jr. explores the attention-grabbing physique of medieval Latin erotic poetry present in English manuscripts. His research describes the highbrow and social context from which the good erotic songs of the 12th century emerged, and examines a number of erotic poems, from university routines to the terrific lyrics present in Arundel 384. He additionally illuminates the impression of neoplatonic philosophy in this poetry, explicating key neoplatonic texts and employing 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 center English literature will locate that it fills an enormous hole in our knowing 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 ebook is generously illustrated with pictures of the manuscripts discussed.

Thomas C. Moser, Jr. is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Maryland, university Park.

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30 He moves on to the sort of detailed description of the face that becomes stan- dard among the twelfth-century rhetoricians. Certain details speak specifically to Bathsheba's erotic power: the eyes "micant; 'coeamus' sunt quasi dicant" [sparkle; they are as if they say "let us go together"] and the mouth "os lactet, ... 31 Whatever she is, Bathsheba came about through Nature's mediation: Vt breuiter noscas totum qui noscere poscas: Hac nihil in forma natura dedit sine norma. Nil minimum, nichil est nimium per corpus.

Fulcoius, as we have seen, created for himself a poetic identity as a Vir- gilian poet-hero and political player in an archbishop's court, cultivated a cir- cle of well-educated literati, and criticized high-ranking ecclesiastics for their sexual failings. He saw himself armed with Scripture and astride the cosmos of his learning; he believed in the power of his poetry to move men, women, and the heavens, and to provide immortality for its subjects-heroes ancient and modern live forever in song.

Robore vel scopulo genitum convincere possem, Quem tam sollempnis forma movere nequit. [He has a hard heart whom such a divine form or such pink cheeks did not touch. ]44 The speaker anatomizes the goddess for much of the poem's first thirty lines, criticizing all her self-decoration as an effort to resist his gaze: Contegis occulta candentes veste papillas, Candida cum nolit veste papilla tegi. Ne toga fluxa volet, reprimit tibi fascia corpus. Cum corpus venerer, si toga fluxa volet. [You cover up (your) shining breasts with hidden clothing, although a white breast does not wish to be covered with clothing.

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