The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart: Fixed Forms and the Expression of the Courtly Ideal

1st Edition

Kristen Mossler Figg

Published July 10, 2019
Reference - 302 Pages
ISBN 9780367185725 - CAT# K416709
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

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Originally published in 1994, The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart is a meticulous reading of the important but generally neglected short lyric poems of Jean Froissart. The book situates Froissart within the cultural and literary context of fourteenth-century Europe and examines a representative number of his lyric forms (pastourelles, chansons royales, ballades, virelais, and rondeaux) demonstrating their richness of theme and poetic virtuosity. The book provides a readable and reliable English translation, making it possible for English scholars unfamiliar with the original Middle French forms to understand and appreciate the influence Froissart had on Chaucer and other authors of the age. The book focuses on themes, techniques, meters, and rhythms that Froissart employed in his poetry, on how his poetry fits poetic tradition, and on the place of Froissart in literary history.

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