Walter of Chatillon: The Shorter Poems: Christmas Hymns, Love Lyrics, and Moral-Satirical Verse

Hardcover | November 24, 2013

EditorDavid A. Traill

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Walter of Chatillon was one of the leading Medieval Latin poets, who flourished at the high point of Medieval Latin literature - the later twelfth century. This volume presents the Latin text and facing English translation of Walter's shorter poems, including love poems, satires, and (largelyChristmas) hymns. His satirical poems, often written in Goliardic hexameters, of which he was an accomplished master, are fine examples of the form. The allusiveness of his hymns makes them often notoriously difficult, but they provide a fascinating insight into the mindset of the clergy of the timeand the prevalence of allegorical interpretation of the Bible.This volume provides an outline of the author's life, and adds a further fifteen poems to the previously accepted canon of fifty-two poems which appear in earlier editions of Walter of Chatillon's poetry. The introduction discusses the attribution of the additional poems, Walter's use of rhythmicaland metrical verse in these poems, the relevant manuscripts, the recurring themes of the Feast of Fools, and avarice and largesse, and the arrangement of the poems. This volume makes available in English for the first time the shorter poems of an important medieval poet together with an improved Latin text. Scholars of the twelfth century will find a great deal of primary evidence on a wide variety of social and religious issues now accessible to them.

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Walter of Chatillon was one of the leading Medieval Latin poets, who flourished at the high point of Medieval Latin literature - the later twelfth century. This volume presents the Latin text and facing English translation of Walter's shorter poems, including love poems, satires, and (largelyChristmas) hymns. His satirical poems, often...

Born and raised in Scotland, David A. Traill received his M.A. in Classics from St Andrews in 1964 and, after teaching for a year at McGill University, Montreal, went on to study for a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the University of California, Davis, from 1970 till his retirement in 2012. He is perhaps...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199297398

ISBN - 13:9780199297399

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Introduction1. The Author2. The Poems in this CollectionThe St Omer collectionStrecker's moral-satirical collectionWilmart's attributionsArundel collectionOther attributionsArrangement of the poems3. Metre4. Manuscripts5. Recurring ThemesFeast of FoolsAuaritia and largitas6. On Texts and Translations7. Introductory Notes to Individual PoemsList of SiglaTexts and Translations1. The St Omer Collection: poems 1-332. Poems from various sources: poems 34-67Appendices:1. A and B (two medleys)2. Textual Notes