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Verse with prose from Petronius to Dante : the art and scope of the mixed form

Author: Peter Dronke
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994.
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Peter Dronke illuminates a unique literary tradition: the narrative that mixes prose with verse. Highlighting a wide range of texts, he defines and explores the creative ways in which mixed forms were used in Europe from antiquity through the thirteenth century.
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Dronke, Peter.
Verse with prose from Petronius to Dante.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)647533592
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Dronke
ISBN: 067493475X 9780674934757
OCLC Number: 28337226
Notes: "Carl Newell Jackson lectures"--Half title page.
Description: x, 148 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Menippean Elements --
II. Allegory and the Mixed Form --
III. Narrative and the Mixed Form --
IV. The Poetic and the Empirical "I."
Responsibility: Peter Dronke.

Abstract:

Peter Dronke illuminates a unique literary tradition: the narrative that mixes prose with verse. Highlighting a wide range of texts, he defines and explores the creative ways in which mixed forms were used in Europe from antiquity through the thirteenth century.

Verse with Prose distinguishes for the first time some of the most significant uses of mixed forms. Dronke looks at the way prose and verse elements function in satirical works, beginning in the third century B.C. with Menippus. He examines allegorical techniques in the mixed form, giving especially rewarding attention to Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy. His lucid analysis encompasses a feast of medieval sagas and romances, ranging from Iceland to Italy, including vernacular works by Marguerite Porete in France and Mechthild in Germany. A number of the medieval Latin texts presented have remained virtually unknown, but emerge here as narratives with unusual and at times brilliant literary qualities.

To enable not only specialists but all who love literature to respond to the works discussed, they are quoted in fresh translations, as well as in the originals.

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