The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart: Fixed Forms and the Expression of the Courtly Ideal, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart

Fixed Forms and the Expression of the Courtly Ideal, 1st Edition

By Kristen Mossler Figg


302 pages

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Originally published in 1994, The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart is a meticulous reading of the important but generally neglected short lyric poems of Jean Froissart. The book situates Froissart within the cultural and literary context of fourteenth-century Europe and examines a representative number of his lyric forms (pastourelles, chansons royales, ballades, virelais, and rondeaux) demonstrating their richness of theme and poetic virtuosity. The book provides a readable and reliable English translation, making it possible for English scholars unfamiliar with the original Middle French forms to understand and appreciate the influence Froissart had on Chaucer and other authors of the age. The book focuses on themes, techniques, meters, and rhythms that Froissart employed in his poetry, on how his poetry fits poetic tradition, and on the place of Froissart in literary history.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword


1. Introduction

2. Lays and Chansons Royales: Creating Meaning Through Form

3. Pastourelles: The Art if Multiple Perspectives

4. Ballades, Virelays and Rondeaux: Rhetorical and Thematic Variations

5. Conclusion

Appendix A: Poems and Translations

Appendix B: Dates, Locations, and Subjects of Pastourelles


Index of Poems

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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