By Thomas C. Moser Jr.
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 nice erotic songs of the 12th century emerged, and examines numerous erotic poems, from university workouts to the excellent lyrics present in Arundel 384. He additionally illuminates the impression of neoplatonic philosophy in this poetry, explicating key neoplatonic texts and making use of that evaluation in shut readings of erotic lyrics from a similar 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 a major hole in our knowing of English highbrow existence among the 12th and the fourteenth century. All Latin prose and poetry is translated, a few works for the 1st time, and the e-book is generously illustrated with photos of the manuscripts discussed.
Thomas C. Moser, Jr. is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Maryland, collage Park.
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Sed dolor est species, copia pauperies. [Sound of mind, may you not hope to be burned by Cupidinous fires, since it is for me to be mad, for you to love. " Observe, if you please: whomever chaste Minerva favors, good things will not fail him and misfortunes will not destroy him. ]23 Ida is "sana" and knows how to love ("amare") without cupidinous burning, while Fulcoius risks becoming insanus; "femineae flammae" threaten men who must be "forte" to resist erotic desire and its false promises. This implied con- trast between weaker men and wise men of virtue is one that will recur with some regularity in later erotic verse and be metaphorically realized in the figure of Hercules.
Egregium vultum"77 describes the result of a situation in which homoerotic desire and heteroerotic desire coexist and collide. The poem begins with the compressed effictio ("sidereum visum... flammea labrorum... dentes candentes") of a girl who rejects the "puer insignis" who loves her and instead loves the speaker, an older man. " The result of this triangulated attraction and the speaker's personal "vesania" is a strange form of chastity: at one time the speaker would have responded to the girl's love; now his new "vice" (vitium) drives him to reject eros altogether.
In the twelfth century we will find, I think, increasing penetration of the secular court realm by clerics and a continuing interest on the part of educated men, cleric and noble, in Latin literary activity (including erotic lyrics). In northern France, in the years between about o107o and 1120, we observe an early version of the edu- cated, mixed courtly and clerical culture that provides the social matrix for the erotic lyric in the heart of the twelfth century. 22 A COSMOS OF DESIRE FULCOIUS AND GODFREY: TWO POETS IN THE COURT OF REIMS Two of the four northern French classicists under discussion here, Fulcoius of Beauvais and Godfrey of Reims, passed much of their careers in close associa- tion with Manasses I, archbishop of Reims from 1069 until Gregory VII removed him from office in 10o8o0.
A Cosmos of Desire: The Medieval Latin Erotic Lyric in English Manuscripts (Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Civilization) by Thomas C. Moser Jr.