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Turning away from beauty and ideal in love poetry

Introduction

The great love and courtly love determine our image of love poetry, which was decisively shaped by the choice of texts of the philologists and their judgments. The 27 articles in this volume deal - with a Romance emphasis - poems from eight European literatures and nine centuries. They show that as early as the Middle Ages the earthly aspects of love up to and including violence were represented, and this not only in collections such as the Carmina Burana, but also in the songs of the troubadours. Worship of an ideal beloved is only one possible attitude; at the same time we find clearly misogynous tendencies, or even love for a woman who does not correspond to the stereotypical ideas of inner and outer perfection. At the same time it becomes clear that the texts, which turn away from the ideals of courtly love, stand in their own tradition and should not be understood only as a counter-movement such as anti-Trarkism. The reevaluation of the beautiful and the ugly, which aesthetic thinking brought about in the 18th century, has an impact on the assessment of female charms and on love poetry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Keywords

20th century poem poems love poetry lyric poetry

About the authors

The editors: Carolin Fischer, did her doctorate in general and comparative literature in 1993, since 1995 research assistant at the Institute for Romance Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. At J.B. Metzler published Gardens of Lust, 1997 and Violence of History - Tales of Violence (edited with Peter Brockmeier), 1998. Carola Veit, studied general and comparative literature, American studies and art history. She is currently doing her PhD on Samuel Beckett. At J.B. Metzler has published Komik und Solipsismus in Samuel Beckett's work (ed. With Peter Brockmeier), 1997.

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