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By Peter Dronke

Peter Dronke illuminates a special literary culture: the narrative that combines prose with verse. Highlighting quite a lot of texts, he defines and explores the inventive ways that combined types have been utilized in Europe from antiquity in the course of the 13th century. Verse with Prose distinguishes for the 1st time the most major makes use of of combined varieties. Dronke appears to be like on the means prose and verse parts functionality in satirical works, starting within the 3rd century B.C. with Menippus. He examines allegorical innovations within the combined shape, giving particularly profitable cognizance to Boethius' comfort of Philosophy. His lucid research contains a ceremonial dinner of medieval sagas and romances, starting from Iceland to Italy, together with vernacular works by way of Marguerite Porete in France and Mechthild in Germany. the various medieval Latin texts awarded have remained almost unknown, yet emerge right here as narratives with strange and from time to time impressive literary features. To permit not just experts yet all who love literature to answer the works mentioned, they're quoted in clean translations, in addition to within the originals.

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