Outlines of the History of German Literature

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byJohn George Robertson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... The second of the two main divisions into which the narrative poetry of the Middle Ages falls is the Court Epic. It is distinguished from the Popular Epic, which has just been discussed, not so much by an essential difference of treatment, of poet, or even of the public to which it appealed, as by a difference-in-the materials of which it was composed. The themes of the Court Epic are mainly taken from the vast body of story and tradition that grew up round the figure of £ing Arthur and the knights of his Round Table; these stories were seized upon by French_po£J:s, who made them a kind of mirxcr of theolit&-life-«f-the_rjEelfth century, and from France they were imported into Germany. The civilisation they describe was wholly different from that of the national sagas; and their conventions and customs were originally as foreign to Germany as their themes. It is true, the point of view, even in the earliest attempts to naturalise the French epic, was, to the best of the adapter's ability, focussed to German eyes; but, as a rule, the German poets of the Court Epic did not allow themselves much freedom of invention, and consequently a_go©4deal besides the mere incidents of the story was taken over from the French poems. It is this which makes these adaptations often appear exotic when compared with the epics on national themes. We have already seen how a courtly type of epic had begun to differentiate itself from the older German narraHEINRICH VOl? VELDEKE. 33 tive literature, in the poems of Lamprecht, Konrad, and, most noticeable of all, in the Tristrant of Eilhart von Oberge. But the real founder of the Court Epic in Germany was Hejnrich_y.Qn.VeJd.elj.ej a poet whose home was at Maestricht in the Low Lands. His earliest poem seems to ha...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... The second of the two main divisions into which the narrative poetry of the Middle Ages falls is the Court Epic. It is distingui...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217246583

ISBN - 13:9780217246583

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