Confessio Amantis

Confessio Amantis Confessio Amantis The Lover s Confession is a line Middle English poem by John Gower which uses the confession made by an ageing lover to the chaplain of Venus as a frame story for a collectio

  • Title: Confessio Amantis
  • Author: John Gower Andrew Galloway
  • ISBN: 9781580440578
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Confessio Amantis The Lover s Confession is a 33,000 line Middle English poem by John Gower, which uses the confession made by an ageing lover to the chaplain of Venus as a frame story for a collection of shorter narrative poems According to its prologue, it was composed at the request of Richard II It stands with the works of Chaucer, Langland, and the Pearl poet asConfessio Amantis The Lover s Confession is a 33,000 line Middle English poem by John Gower, which uses the confession made by an ageing lover to the chaplain of Venus as a frame story for a collection of shorter narrative poems According to its prologue, it was composed at the request of Richard II It stands with the works of Chaucer, Langland, and the Pearl poet as one of the great works of late 14th century English literature The Index of Middle English Verse shows that in the era before the printing press it was one of the most often copied manuscripts 59 copies along with Canterbury Tales 72 copies and Piers Plowman 63 copies.In genre it is usually considered a poem of consolation, a medieval form inspired by Boethius Consolation of Philosophy and typified by works such as Pearl Despite this, it is usually studied alongside other tale collections with similar structures, such as the Decameron of Boccaccio, and particularly Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, with which the Confessio has several stories in common.

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    1. Gower rules! If you love couplets and twists on Ovidian tales, look no farther. If you are a non-academic reader, maybe start by reading individual stories side by side with Ovid (or Chaucer) to appreciate how he shifts meanings in the old stories. I don't normally rate medieval books that are normally read only by an academic audience, but this is Gower, so I'm pleased to promote him. He deserves a wider readership.

    2. "It was at one time the fashion to compare Gower and Chaucer much in the manner of the school examinee comparing Keats and Shelley. This is an unrewarding pastime, for Gower’s aims were quite different from those of his friend: more modest, more sober, more serious. Gower has less wit and humour, less drama and panache, not only by nature but also by choice."ome of that choice is perhaps at the heart of Confessio Amantis‘ second-tier status: the poem is an extended (6000 lines longer than th [...]

    3. If you adore fifteenth-century Middle English moralizations of Ovid interspersed with a framing confessional narrative, this book is for YOU!

    4. This is a medieval epic poem, in the form of a dialogue between a delightfully syncretic 'priest of love' and a young man taking confession. It is divided into books that discuss each of the seven deadly sins in turn, but the structure is mainly just an excuse for stringing together innumerable stories of classical or biblical provenance, which are often of only tangential relevance. The meter is an iambic tetrameter - di-dum-di-dum-di-dum-di-dum - in rhyming couplets, which can get quite annoyi [...]

    5. Might "moral" Gower really be refashioned into the kind of chivalric lover that the Confessio suggests? In a brilliant reversal in the end vision of the Confessio Amantis, what the reader at first thought was primarily the education and moral mental regulating of chivalric romance in light of christian charity turns on its heel and asks what creative beauty has in common with divine beauty. Be warned - this work requires a holy/mythic juggernaut of energy to blast through. It's worth it in the e [...]

    6. This very helpfully glossed Middle English text is readable even for those who have no formal training in Middle English. The work itself contains myriad fascinating moral examples drawn from a wide variety of biblical and classical stories. I have found herein many great illustrations that can be used well in preaching, as the images are powerful and difficult to forget.If you enjoyed the Consolation of Philosophy of Boethius, this may be right up your alley.

    7. Another steamy thriller from the master of sex and suspense. Lots of great erotic scenes here, enough to turn my dick into a big cum fountain on every page. Highly recommended for fans of BDSM-roleplaying and extended poetic allegory.

    8. A quite long didactic poem. At least the prologue and the epilogue are essential read for any fourteenth century enthusiast:-)

    9. Not one of my favorite medieval texts but the idealized description of the 3 estates model in book 1 is an interesting perspective.

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