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Joanna Bukowska - The Tour of The Court of Love: The Tradition of Amatory Poetry and Its Readjustments in Chaucerian Apocrypha
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Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz
The Tour of The Court of Love: The Tradition of Amatory Poetry and Its Readjustments in Chaucerian Apocrypha
Although the concept of emotions has been relatively new, passions were widely discussed in medieval literature. Such sentiments as love featured prominently in courtly manuals, allegorical poetry and romances, in which the amorous affection was usually represented in its courtly form, governed by a system of rules and conventions. The popularity of courtly love extended beyond the Middle Ages, as proved by The Court of Love, an early sixteenth-century poem, modelled on the medieval French poetry and Geoffrey Chaucer’s love visions. This early modern poem belongs to the tradition of Chaucerian apocrypha, a body of approximately fifty texts, which were either mistakenly ascribed to Chaucer in the fifteenth-century manuscripts and sixteenth-century printed collections of his works, or seen as inspired by the poet, or which were only associated with his name by the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century critics (Forni 1–3).
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