The Metaphor of the Kiss in Renaissance Poetry

The Metaphor of the Kiss in Renaissance Poetry

by Ruth A. Gooley


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The kiss poems created by the Dutch poet Johannes Secundus became important in French Renaissance love poetry, their field of meaning ranging from a simple fascination with erotica to a more comprehensive exploration of a cosmic world vision. Confusing the Platonic furors, French poets tended to identify amorous madness with poetic production. The text explores this new notion of poetry through textual analyses of kiss poems, ranging from those of Secundus through Ronsard and other Pléiade poets, as well as individuals such as Scève, Labé and D'Aubigné. Interested in exploring the bases of poetic thought, the text links the kiss to a more general theory of poetics, wherein love symbolizes poetic production. If the kiss thus becomes a metaphor for the creative act, this is due to poetry's essentially selfreflexive nature: images such as the kiss allow to explore its own essence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820416205
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/1993
Series: American University Studies Series: Series 2: Romance Languages and Literature , #175
Pages: 208

About the Author

The Author: Ruth Gooley is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in English from Loyola-Marymount University and her Ph.D. in French from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has presented numerous papers and chaired sessions at local, national and international conferences. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and Towson State University. Dr. Gooley was also teacher in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.

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