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The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Sceve : Poetry and Struggle - Jerry C. Nash

The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Sceve

Poetry and Struggle

Hardcover Published: 25th January 1991
ISBN: 9780521394123
Number Of Pages: 222

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This book reassesses the love poetry of Maurice Scève from a phenomenological viewpoint. It calls into question the traditional critical view of Scève 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 Scève'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.

"In this thought-provoking and refreshing study, Nash has accomplished on the critical level what he portrays Sceve as having attained in the poetic and aesthetic realm. It is a work which will be valuable, not only to specialists of Sceve 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

The problem of the dark side of a love poet: an introduction and reassessment
In search of love's epistemology: affirming the role of the creative imagination
Embodying the sacred and ineffable: poetic forms of transcendence and paradise
Becoming what one sees: the unity and identity of poetic self
Struggle, light, and love's 'Sainct Lieu'
'De mes trauaulx me bienheurantz ma peine': love poetry as therapy
Epilogue: ScFve, MallarmT, and the art of transcendence
Selected bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521394123
ISBN-10: 0521394120
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 25th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43