Touching Singularity: Consolation, Philosophy, and Poetry in the French Dit

  • Sarah Kay
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter argues that for various literary and philosophical reasons, French fourteenth-century poets found the poetry in Boethius’ Consolation more consolatory than Philosophy’s reasoned prose.


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© Catherine E. Léglu and Stephen J. Milner 2008

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