Though devoted in a special sense to one lady…” (page 42). -In Erec, Troyes shows Enide (the woman) as an “object”- Erec and Enide become married and Enide gives little “will” – it is an arrangement between her father and Erec (page 31). C. S. Lewis explores the sentiment called 'courtly love' and the allegorical method within which it developed in literature and thought, from its first flowering in eleventh-century Languedoc through to its transformation and gradual demise at the end of the sixteenth century. Although all allegories use symbolism heavily, not all writing that uses symbolism qualifies as allegory. Did you know that Fifty Shades of Grey is actually Twilight fan fiction? -The lady was often a little better than a piece of property to her husband (this supports my claim that it is possible that the lady wanted to feel superior to a man, hence she invested in courtly love to satisfy those needs), 2.” The medieval theory of marriage- what may be called, a convenient modern barbarism, the ‘sexology’ of the medieval church.” (page 16), -“But according to the medieval view passionate love love itself was wicked, and did not cease to be wicked if the object of it were your wife” (page 17), – The true relations between courtly love and Christianity (page 17), – “The general impression left on the medieval mind by its official teachers was that all love- at least all such passionate and exalted devotion as a courtly poet thought worthy of the name- was more or less wicked…” (Page 21)- talks about the role that the church played and the different views of several different people in ancient times (refers to the Fall,etc. Lewis has said "in my own reading I always sacrifice critics to the poets, which is unkind to my own trade." That is not to say, of course, that his conclusions are true, but that he has a good sense of the literature and the ideas and is able to explain them well to the reader. ( Log Out /  Lewis argued for the reading of old books. Lewis work, and not because I have a special interest in allegories of courtly love from the medieval age. -“Courtesey demands that the love should serve all ladies, not all women” (page 43) – Andreas confronts the issue of peasant women as well. – “If courtly love necessitates adultery, adultery hardly necessitates courtly love.” -page 14, -Two things prevented men from connecting their ideal of romanic and passionate love with marriage (explained in full depth on page 16). This book is intended for students of medieval literature from A-level upwards. Jan 5, 2015 - The ‘Allegory Of The Cave’ is a theory put forward by Plato, concerning human perception. I was slightly annoyed that Lewis did not translate the old English, Latin, or French texts, but I suppose he was assuming that you have a base of those languages if you took an interest in medieval poetry. This is the first book of that genre I have read. To get the most out of this book I would suggest that you at least read The Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Psychomachia by Prudentius. He also claims that the lover (or the man) is always obedient to the lady’s wishes. “The Allegory of the Cave,” perhaps the most well-known section of The Republic , takes place as a conversation between Socrates and Plato’s brother, Glaucon . Although all of Lewis' ideas are not spot on, his explanation of them is clear and easy to read. Lewis' attempt here is to show how the idea of love changed from pre-Courtly Love through post-Spenser and, for the most part, he does a good job. So, outside the box for me but glad I read it. Akin to an extended essay on the value of reading such books, The Allegory of Love demonstrates the importance of reading any old book in general, but particularly those in the tradition extending from Chretien de Troyes to Edmund Spenser. The Song of Songs has been combed over again and again by scholars and not-so … The other way is northward to mingle with the Ovidian tradition which already existed there, -Troyes’ Lancelot= “flower of the courtly love tradition in France” (page 28), -Troyes was among the first to choose love as a central theme in his poems and then he incorporated this theme with Arthurian literature. -An ambiguity exists in most of these poems “where the attitude of the lover to his lady or to Love looks at first sight most like the attitude of the worshipper to the Blessed Virgin or to God” (page 25), -The more religiously a woman is addressed in the poem, the more unreligious the poem actually is (page 26). His explanation of the history of allegory was especially important. Occasionally, though, I like to challenge myself with a worthy book that requires tenacity and determination to finish. The Four Loves Summary and Study Guide. It calls itself an allegory, and immediately, in our pursuit of the elusive meanings of that word, we find ourselves thinking forward just a few decades to a great literary allegory … C.S. It contains a tangle of moral messages, presented in a sexually explicit image. For a modern reader, those things will be a big bore - so it was quite surprising that I manage to speed through the pages pretty fast. Lewis has a way of drawing you in. I think this observation is particularly deft and speaks to his genius. Yeah. I think this observation is particularly deft and speaks to his genius. My Desert Island CS Lewis choice (minus chronc of narn). In it a man enters the court of love and decides to earn the rose (his love’s heart) by sort of journeying through the court and every person he encounters is part of his love that he must learn how to earn over. And I'm finished. 2. Love is the commonest these of serious imaginative literature and is still generally regarded as anble and ennbling passion. -In Lancelot, “It is only the noblest hearts which Love deigns to enslave, and a man should prove himself the more if he is selected for such service. This is the first book of that genre I have read. Accordingly, the author does us the service of uncovering those past worlds to us, placing the old books in their accurate historical context, so that, as those worlds open to us, we will open the books. -Lewis says: “As I have said before, where marriage does not depend upon the free will of the married, any theory which takes love for a noble form of experience must be a theory of adultery” (page 45). Although all of Lewis' ideas are not spot on, his explanation of them is clear and easy to read. People love to take texts that they love and think about them. Here’s a quick and simple definition:Some additional key details about allegory: 1. Summary: "Allegory of the Cave" Plato’s Republic takes the form of a series of dialogues between the first-person narrator ( Socrates , Plato's teacher) and various real-life figures. I am a poor excuse for a scholar who relies on Lewis's judgment of courtly love poetry and poetic traditions more than I can evaluate his ideas for myself; the most rewarding aspect for me is probably seeing how different ideas, images, poems, and concepts that he discusses turn up, transfigured, in so many of his other books. 'The Allegory of the Cave' by Plato In the Allegory of the… C.S. An Allegory with Venus and Cupid. By Ralph E. Swiss. -Lewis says: “We may be quite sure that the poetry which initiated all over Europe so great a chance of heart was not a ‘mere’ convention: we can be quite as sure that it was not a transcript of fact. It first aired on 22 March 2009. This is an academic work, and especially in the early chapters Lewis will frequently spout of passages and phrases in Greek and Latin that he doesn't bother to translate, but I never lost the thread of the literary narrative (which convincingly argues that medieval allegory was a forerunner to contemporary fantasy) and got to read a lot of Lewis' great peripheral pontifications on people and poetry. The best way to learn from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, is to think of the people trapped in the cave as majority of people in the world. -Love is both a state of mind and an art (page 43)-Courtly law states that in the case of two lovers who discover that they are related by marriage, they must part (page 43)-Jealousy is a component of true love, but “is a pest in marriage” (page 44) Lewis Season 3 Episode 1: Allegory of Love Summary: When a young Eastern European woman is murdered Lewis and Hathaway investigate. Read because I’m reading through Lewis. When I read it first, I felt compelled to read in their original languages such outstanding works as "The Faerie Queene", "Troilus and Cressida", the works of Chretien de Troyes, the two Orlandos, and lately "Le roman de la rose" by Guillaume de Lorris. One thing that Lewis does that I particularly enjoy, though which m. VERY interesting. Welcome back. More specifically, I love his reasoning that Catholicism is allegorical because “allegory consists in giving an imagined body to the immaterial” and the “allegorist’s symbol will naturally resemble” any material body that Catholicism has already claimed for itself. Maybe because I knew they lacked relevance for my life and interests but also because Lewis is still readable - even in the topic where he is the greatest nerd. Love has not always taken such precedence, however, and it was in fact not until the eleventh century that French poets first began to express the romantic species of passion which English poets were still writing about in the nineteenth century. Refresh and try again. C.S. In God in the Dock (published posthumously, 1970), C.S. Lewis has a way of drawing you in. He recommended that modern readers intersperse an old book with a modern book in their reading patterns. ENGLISH: I have read this book three times now. If only there were not so many more books to read. Allegory and Courtly Love in Medieval Poetry The Allegory of Love is a scholarly book, but I think it can be read with enjoyment by anyone interested in medieval poetry. The In the Mood for Love Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. If this is true, in the poem, the lady’s criticism of Gawain’s manners proves to be opposite of courtly love. Bronzino. Plato’s work in the Allegory of the Cave emphasizes the actualization of reality and truth. The fabulously successful Oxford-based fantasy novelist seems to Lewis to be the key to solving the bizarre murder of a beautiful woman with a mirror. For anyone who wants to see another side of Lewis, his scholarship is much different from his theology and fantasy stories. In her latest book,... Love is the commonest these of serious imaginative literature and is still generally regarded as anble and ennbling passion. "The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition" is the book which made C.S. More specifically, I love his reasoning that Catholicism is allegorical because “allegory consists in giving an imagined body to the immaterial” and the “allegorist’s symbol will naturally resemble” any material body that Catholicism has already claimed for itself. -Humility, Courtesy, Adultery, and the Religion of Love (explained in full detail on pages 15-16). Not all of those works are good; some are downright bad. On the other hand, the lady is allowed free choice in her acceptance or rejection of a lover (page 42). Fans of C.S. -Capellanus incorporates God and actual religion into his argument- saying that the lady must approve because that is what God commands (page 46). The Song of Solomon was never questioned by Jews or Christians as to whether it was God’s word. I think it was especially important to read this book because allegory is on the rise again but this time surfacing in rap and slam poetry. With Katia Winter, Tom Mison, Louise Dylan, Olly Alexander. A challenging read, much of it over my head, but some gems that helped me more clearly see Don Quixote and others things I have read and a few thoughts that help me understand why the classic books feel richer and have more depth than many of the newer books do and why it is so easy to read Christian themes into stories, even when the author may not have intended them to be there. I do however like some parts of the book and slices of the discussion on love and allegory that Lewis makes more approachable. I think its biggest flaw is a lack of an underlying coherence - is it about allegory? The Allegory of Love is a delightful and influential exploration of the allegorical treatment of love in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, tracing the development of the idea of courtly love and its impact on today’s ideas about love. Lewis is such an accessible writer you don't have to be a literary major to enjoy his contribution to the study of the early modern period. The irreligion of the religion of love could hardly go further” (page 36). Neither the form nor the sentiment of this old poetry has passed away without leaving indelible traces on our minds.”, Allegory and allegorical fiction: Theory and Practice, Medieval thought from the university to the café, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell, The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Loyalty, Love, and Jealousy: Books on the Complexity of Friendships. Most of Christianity has yet to learn of Zenos’s allegory of the olive trees. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Allegories are c… Perhaps these obstacles should do for this old man what obstacles did for me as a boy: present a greater challenge to overcome. Introduction. Some allegories have morals that are easy to discern, such as the example of \"The Tortoise and The Hare,\" but others can be so subtle that it becomes unclear whether the author intended for the story to have a double meaning (or be an allegory) at all. This is one of Bronzino’s most complex and enigmatic paintings. In all honesty, I read this book in order to read through C.S. People have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move from their places or cannot see around them. The poem seems to contradict this. He recommended that modern readers intersperse an old book with a modern book in their reading patterns. Allegory may involve an interpretive process that is separate from the creative process; that is, the term allegory can refer to a specific method of reading a text, in which characters and narrative or descriptive details are taken by the reader as an elaborate metaphor for something outside the literal story. Great. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Allegory of Love is the ninth episode of Lewis, taken from series three. And if there is one virtue that the postmodern world-view needs to cultivate, it is Humility. That is not to say, of course, that his conclusions are true, but that he has a good sense of the literature and the ideas and is able to explain them well to the reader. For those that have, this book would be a gem for sure. Excellent text book on medieval poetry as far as I can tell. Well written. -***Capellanus discusses how a wife is not superior to her husband (supports what I have earlier said about a wife seeking courtly love because she wants to feel superior to a man because in her marriage she is inferior)*** In adultery, however, the woman is superior (pages 44-45). Allegory was used to take a feeling or part of oneself or someone else and give it flesh and a mouth and a brain so we could use it to reason and explore these emotions. To get the most out of this book I would suggest that you at least read The Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Psychomachia by Prudentius. Dream allegory, also called Dream Vision, allegorical tale presented in the narrative framework of a dream.Especially popular in the Middle Ages, the device made more acceptable the fantastic and sometimes bizarre world of personifications and symbolic objects characteristic of medieval allegory.Well-known examples of the dream allegory include the first part of Roman de la rose … When Lancelot hesitates before going on the cart, Troyes represents his indecisiveness “as a debate between Reason, which forbids, and Love which urges him on.”, -Lancelot is constantly torn between decisions concerning the chivalry code (page 37). A curious book. These sections are primarily theory. Lewis and Hathaway discover that the bizarre murder of a Czech barmaid with an antique Persian mirror parallels a similar killing found in a newly published fantasy novel, by the young Oxford author Dorian Crane. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Start by marking “The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The In the Mood for Love Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. Everyday low … Love has not always taken such precedence, however, and it was in fact not until the eleventh century that French poets first began to express the romantic species of passion which English poets were still writing about in the nineteenth century. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Ovid=most characteristic of the ancient writers on love and most influential in the Middle Ages, according to Lewis. This book gets five stars because of the brilliance of Lewis's scholarship. Thi. The cave people believed that the shadows they saw were the “truth,” just like majority of the world who believe in and pursue shadows based on money, education, fame, love and so on. One specific instance that I enjoyed was when Lewis noted how, if he were laid up in bed with a slight illness for the rest of his life, in view of the ocean, and all he had to read was Italian Epics, he would be happy. It was beautiful, and erudite beyond belief. .really should be read with Medieval literature instead. The actual practice of feudal society- marriages had nothing to do with love. The Allegory of Love is a landmark study of a powerful and influential medieval conception. The best example in the book is The Romance of the Rose. Perhaps it's there, but I'm too dull to see it. To see what your friends thought of this book. It is so great that God included this in the canon of Scripture as an entire book. Lancelot is described as “treating Guinevere with saintly, if not divine, honours” (page 35). -In Lancelot, we see a turn away from marriage and into the secret affair between Guinevere and Lancelot (page 32). Venus, goddess of love, steals an arrow from her son Cupid’s quiver as she kisses him on the lips. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Lewis with his don hat again. Brief Summary on The Allegory of the Cave Plato considers that the human life on this earth is like an ignorant and miserable life in a deep cave. The book is … Indeed, one of his earliest works. A must read for scholars of the medieval period and those who want to know everything they can about the great love poetry of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Allegory of Love is a literary criticism book, but it also offers a good overview of allegory and the medieval era. That's my failing and not the author's. 1. Though full of insight and truth, Lewis assumes more of his reader than I am able to produce: a familiarity with a wide variety medieval poetic literature; and fluency in Latin, Greek, French, Old and Middle English. For those that have, this book would be a gem for sure. Outdated now, but still one of those things that you probably should read if you're doing anything about courtly love. C.S. C.S. And completed again in September of 2017. The Allegory of Love is a landmark study of a powerful and influential medieval conception. -Reference to real life Gawain on page 37, -“The idea of Love as an avenging god, coming to trouble the peace of those who have hitherto scored his power” (page 39)- this is serious for both Troyes and Ovid (more for Troyes though), -Discusses Andreas Capellanus’ work De Arte Honeste Amandi, which was written in Latin, – “A man who is nobilis ought to approach a woman who is nobiler..” (page 40), -Lewis says that in Capellanus’ work “The definition of love rules out at once the kind of love that is called ‘Platonic’ ” (page 41). Lewis! I was unfamiliar with most of the authors discussed and nearly all of their works, but hearing Lewis analyze this branch of literature was fascinating nonetheless. Reader beware. I'm afraid my reading of The Allegory of Love sacrificed the poets for the sake of reading more Lewis. VERY interesting. Many literary works and authors are obscure; CSL assumes a working knowledge of Greek, Latin, Old English and French [he doesn't translate]. The reader must beware that this book deals with the history of courtly love in literature and interacts with several authors that most modern readers have never heard of and have very little interest in. BACK; NEXT ; Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. In all honesty, I read this book in order to read through C.S. Of course, this book is intended for academic interest in allegories in the medieval period, of which I am one of them. I picked this up to help me with Edmund Spenser - following a binge in Ovid. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of “The Four Loves” by C. S. Lewis. -Before the close of the twelfth century, the Provencal conception of love spread into two directions (pages 27-28): 1. -Troyes places emphasis on allegory. Whatever we have been, in some sort we still are. Sometimes you get Fifty Shades and sometimes you get biblical commentary, but hey, it's the same idea.. Lewis says: “It is as if the insensible could not yet knock at the doors of the poetic consciousness without transforming itself into the likeness of the sensible: as if men could not easily grasp the reality of moods and emotions without turning them into shadowy persons” (page 37). This is an academic work, and especially in the early chapters Lewis will frequently spout of passages and phrases in G. C.S. The initial premise is that the form of allegorical love poetry is explicable only in terms of the tradition of courtly love. ( Log Out /  What has C.S. It was poetry” (page 27)- discusses this after explaining that he discusses love in poetry as a new emotion that arrived and was followed by a new invention of poetry. Other main poems/books referenced are The Faerie Queene, Chaucer, et al. It's unlike other Lewis books I've read - full of literature themes and such (not my area of expertise). The allegory of the cave, or Plato's Cave, is an allegory presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic (514a–520a) to compare "the effect of education (παιδεία) and the lack of it on our nature".It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter.The allegory is presented after the analogy of the sun … ( Log Out /  -***”The aim of love, for Andreas, is actual fruition, and its source is visible beauty: so much so, that the blind are declared incapable of love, or, at least, of entering upon love after they have become blind” (page 41-42)- explains all of Capellanus’ ideas about love and the standards he sets for the loved and the lovers. For example, the early Church Fathers sometimes used a threefold … Lewis ever written that wasn't great? He must be courageous in war (unless he is a clerk) and generous of his gifts. His chapter on Spenser's Faerie Queen is quite insightful. For lovers of medieval literature and students of romance allegory it is a must-read. C.S. Allegory of Love is a literary criticism book, but it also offers a good overview of allegory and the medieval era. What a discovery! Is it about courtly love? This sort of writing, to me, gives a view of a sense of literature studies that we have really done away with in academia. “But the detail of the poem shows power akin to genius, and reveals to us that much neglected law of literary history -- that potential genius can never become actual unless it finds or makes the Form which it requires.”, “Humanity does not pass through phases as a train passes though stations: being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind. If you like history, language and love then you will enjoy this book. Overview / In-depth. -Capellanus claims that the married man is of heavier sin than the unmarried man because the married man has abused the sacrament of marriage (page 50). “The lover must be truthful and modest, a good Catholic, clean in his speech, hospitable, and ready to return good for evil. . One direction flows down into Italy and goes to the great sea of the divine Comedy (there the quarrel between Christianity and the love religion was made up), 2. Lewis' attempt here is to show how the idea of love changed from pre-Courtly Love through post-Spenser and, for the most part, he does a good job. November 7th 1977 by Oxford University Press, The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition. There are other parts though where Lewis expects more expertise from the reader, not only in old language or french or greek - but also in old poets and the grammar of poetry. Indeed, if it hadn’t been for the combined efforts of four prophets, separated by thousands of years, the allegory might have been lost entirely. Lewis' reputation as a critic of medieval and renaissance literature, in advance of his later fame as a Christian apologist, a fantasy writer, or a poet; his earliest works in these fields having been published under pseudonyms. Human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and I enjoyed it but likely because I had come across some medieval podcast with an episode on "courtly love" - hadn't heard of it before and wanted to explore. This was serendipity. Because I've read other CS Lewis books, gravitated to this one on the subject. Socrates summarized the speeches of five of the guests and then recounted the teachings of a … ( Log Out /  What is the central thesis? Of course, this book is intended for academic interest in allegories in the medieval period, of which I am one of them. Author Lydia Denworth is a science journalist who has written about everything from Alzheimer’s to zebrafish. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Love is regarded as the basis for all that is good in the world; what is meant is the love which induces the lady to free acceptance of the lover, not through sweeping sensuality but rather as res­ponding to a carefully cultivated love that is “a ‘kind of chastity’ in virtue of its severe standard of fidelity to a single object” [34]. This was a difficult book. Facts and inferences and even turns of expression find a lodging in a man’s mind, he scarcely remembers how; and of all writers I make least claim to Continued by “When he leaves her chamber he makes a genuflection as if he were before a seine. Allegory and Courtly Love in Medieval Poetry, Excellent text book on medieval poetry as far as I can tell. The life of another young woman is threatened, leading … The theme that we will discuss in this paper is the Allegory of the Cave which appears in Plato's book, the Republic. In God in the Dock (published posthumously, 1970), C.S. The first two sections discuss of courtly love and allegory. He comprehends his subject so completely it shows in the clarity with which he explains it. However, Troyes depicts Lancelot as a pious man who goes to pray every time he passes the church. As hard as it was to get through this book because it was hard for someone of my ignorance to stay interested, the main concepts Lewis presents are brilliant and have inspired me to. 978-1-107-65943-8 - The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition C. S. Lewis Frontmatter More information. Cosimo commissioned An Allegory with Venus and Cupid as a gift for King Francis I of France - noted for his lusty adventures - whose own court at Fontainebleau was an active centre for Mannerist artists, including Italians like Francesco Primaticcio (1504-70) and Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540). -Lewis refers to Capellanus’ thoughts as a “system of ethics” (page 48). Directed by Bill Anderson. This book was probably C. S. Lewis at his worst: an academic tome written in 1936 about his day job, long before he’d reached his peak as a communicator. A great study of the tradition of courtly love in literature by the great C.S. There's...a LOT discussed in this book, but it remains pretty lightweight/digestible for medieval scholarship. He comprehends hi. One thing that Lewis does that I particularly enjoy, though which many readers may get bogged down by, is his interest in describing the character of poems instead of simply what they say about his subject matter. 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