The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Sceve: Poetry and Struggle

The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Sceve: Poetry and Struggle

by Jerry C. Nash
     
 

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This book reassesses the love poetry of Maurice Sc`eve from a phenomenological viewpoint. It calls into question the traditional critical view of Sc`eve as a poet consumed by the anguish and darkness of unrequited love, and frustrated by poetic and erotic quests that lead him nowhere. Professor Nash argues instead that the conflicting forces in Sc`eve's poetic

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This book reassesses the love poetry of Maurice Sc`eve from a phenomenological viewpoint. It calls into question the traditional critical view of Sc`eve as a poet consumed by the anguish and darkness of unrequited love, and frustrated by poetic and erotic quests that lead him nowhere. Professor Nash argues instead that the conflicting forces in Sc`eve's poetic expression of love (light and dark, night and day, heaven and hell) lead ultimately to a sense of equilibrium and a transcendent paradisal state, and that the poet's struggle is actually directed toward this coming to terms with the meaning of ineffable love. Contemplation and portrayal of the ineffable are shown to constitute the central and unifying concern of this compelling body of Renaissance love poetry.

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"In this thought-provoking and refreshing study, Nash has accomplished on the critical level what he portrays Scève as having attained in the poetic and aesthetic realm. It is a work which will be valuable, not only to specialists of Scève and Renaissance poetry, but to all who are interested in investigating that mysterious and complicated intellectual, sensual, and aesthetic process which results in the creation of poetry." Renaissance Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025621
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in French Series, #34
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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