The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Scève: Poetry and Struggle by Jerry C. NashThe Love Aesthetics of Maurice Scève: Poetry and Struggle by Jerry C. Nash

The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Scève: Poetry and Struggle

byJerry C. NashEditorMichael Sheringham

Paperback | April 20, 2006

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This book reassesses the love poetry of Maurice Scève from a phenomenological viewpoint. It calls into question the traditional critical view of Scève as a poet consumed by the anguish and darkness of unrequited love, and frustrated by poetic and erotic quests that lead him nowhere. Professor Nash argues instead that the conflicting forces in Scève's poetic expression of love (light and dark, night and day, heaven and hell) lead ultimately to a sense of equilibrium and a transcendent paradisal state, and that the poet's struggle is actually directed toward this coming to terms with the meaning of ineffable love. Contemplation and portrayal of the ineffable are shown to constitute the central and unifying concern of this compelling body of Renaissance love poetry.
Title:The Love Aesthetics of Maurice Scève: Poetry and StruggleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521025621

ISBN - 13:9780521025621

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The problem of the dark side of a love poet: an introduction and reassessment; 2. In search of love's epistemology: affirming the role of the creative imagination; 3. Embodying the sacred and ineffable: poetic forms of transcendence and paradise; 4. Becoming what one sees: the unity and identity of poetic self; 5. Struggle, light, and love's 'sainct lieu'; 6. 'De mes trauaulx me bienheurantz ma peine': love poetry as therapy; Epilogue: Scève, Mallarmé, and the art of transcendence; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"In this thought-provoking and refreshing study, Nash has accomplished on the critical level what he portrays Scève as having attained in the poetic and aesthetic realm. It is a work which will be valuable, not only to specialists of Scève and Renaissance poetry, but to all who are interested in investigating that mysterious and complicated intellectual, sensual, and aesthetic process which results in the creation of poetry." Renaissance Quarterly