Tamainte Consolation / Me Fist Lymagination: A Poetics of Mourning and Imagination in Late Medieval Dits

  • Helen J. Swift
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter investigates how the presentation of mourning lovers in several late medieval French narrative poems may be viewed figuratively as a commentary on contemporary literary creativity.


Mental Image Imaginative Activity Intercessory Prayer Prior Text Erotic Pursuit 
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