|Title:||The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Tags:||Chaucer, criticism, Edmund Spenser, non-fiction, poetry, allegory, courtship, Gower|
The Allegory of Love, for lovers of medieval literature/poetry and romance allegory, is a must-read. The first two chapters of the book discuss primarily the theory of Courtly Love and Allegory. The chapters following discuss the poems from the Romance of the Rose, Chaucer, Gower, some of the lesser poets, and Spencer’s The Faerie Queene. Fully footnoted using original Old and Middle English, Latin, Greek, and French text in poetry and notes, Lewis sticks to the academic methodology and attempts to show how the idea of love changed from pre-Courtly Love through post-Spenser. Lewis has a deep knowledge of the literature and the ideas and is able to explain them well to the reader. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples)
Clive Staples or C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British literary scholar and novelist. He was a fellow of Magdalen College, a prestigious College at Oxford University. His strong religious background influenced such books as "The Problem of Pain" and "The Screwtape Letters". He is better known for his adult science fiction trilogy: "Out of a Silent Planet", "Perelandra", and "That Hideous Strength". This series is heavily influenced by Christian thinking and was inspired by his friendship and association with fellow writers J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Williams. But perhaps his best known stories belong to a series of children's books known as the Chronicles of Narnia which begins with "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". The series is peppered with Christian allegory and ethics and rates among the most important writing for children in the 20th century. (Oxford Companion to English Literature, Chambers Biographical Dictionary)
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