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Chaucer and the Poets : An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde / Winthrop Weatherbee.

By: Weatherbee, Winthrop.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1984Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 1501707108; 9781501707100.Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Troilus and Criseyde -- Sources | Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Knowledge -- Literature | Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 | Trojan War | Troilus and Criseyde (Chaucer, Geoffrey) | CHAUCER, GEOFFREY, 1340?-1400. TROILUS AND CRYSEYDE | CHAUCER, GEOFFREY, 1340?-1400. TROILUS AND CRYSEYDE -- FUENTES | Troilus (Legendary character) in literature | Trojan War -- Literature and the war | Cressida (Fictitious character) | Love in literature | LITERARY CRITICISM -- Medieval | Art | Cressida (Fictitious character) | Love in literature | Troilus (Legendary character) in literature | Troylus and Cryseyde (Chaucer) | AMOR EN LITERATURA | Poetry in English Chaucer, Geoffrey Troilus and Criseyde - Critical studiesGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Literature. | Sources. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Chaucer and the poets.DDC classification: 821 Other classification: 18.05 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- A Note on Texts -- Introduction -- 1. The Narr�ator, Troilus, and the Poetic Agenda -- 2. Love Psychology: The Troilus and the Roman de la Rose -- 3. History versus the Individual: Vergil and Ovid in the Troilus -- 4. Thebes and Troy: Statius and Dante's Statius -- 5. Dante and the Troilus -- 6. Character and Action: Criseyde and the Narrator -- 7. Troilus Alone -- 8. The Ending of the Troilus -- Index
Summary: In this sensitive reading of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer's poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer's profound admiration for the achievement of Dante and the classical poets, Wetherbee sees the Troilus as much more than a courtly treatment of an event in ancient history--it is, he asserts, a major statement about the poetic tradition from which it emerges. Wetherbee demonstrates the evolution of the poet-narrator of the Troilus, who begins as a poet of romance, bound by the characters' limited worldview, but who in the end becomes a poet capable of realizing the tragic and ultimately the spiritual implications of his story.
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Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- A Note on Texts -- Introduction -- 1. The Narr�ator, Troilus, and the Poetic Agenda -- 2. Love Psychology: The Troilus and the Roman de la Rose -- 3. History versus the Individual: Vergil and Ovid in the Troilus -- 4. Thebes and Troy: Statius and Dante's Statius -- 5. Dante and the Troilus -- 6. Character and Action: Criseyde and the Narrator -- 7. Troilus Alone -- 8. The Ending of the Troilus -- Index

In this sensitive reading of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer's poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer's profound admiration for the achievement of Dante and the classical poets, Wetherbee sees the Troilus as much more than a courtly treatment of an event in ancient history--it is, he asserts, a major statement about the poetic tradition from which it emerges. Wetherbee demonstrates the evolution of the poet-narrator of the Troilus, who begins as a poet of romance, bound by the characters' limited worldview, but who in the end becomes a poet capable of realizing the tragic and ultimately the spiritual implications of his story.

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