Classic: Le Roman de la Rose (amour courtois)
- Author: G. de Lorris (1200-1240) et J. de Meun (1240-1305)
- Title: Le Roman de la Rose
- Published: 13th C
- Edition: Folio classique, ISBN 9782070375189
- Language: French
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- Trivia: The first section of the poem was written by G. de Lorris
- 40 years later the work was completed by Jean de Meun.
- Trivia: This long poem was translated into Middle English verse by Chaucer
- The whole poem was translated into Modern English verse by F.S. Elilis
- Trivia: I’m reading the translation into Modern French by André Mary
The Garden of Pleasure
- Wonderful descriptions of a paradise like garden
- with paintings decorating the wall of
- the énciente (enclosure) of virtues and vices.
- We meet some ladies and gentlemen frolicking
- and dancing (caroler).
- De Lorris describes there physical attributes
- lavish clothes (samit – heavy silk fabric)
- un riche samit décoré
The Spring of Narcissus:
- Descriptions are becoming increasingly more difficult.
- Do you know how many flowers, trees, herbs, grasses, insects….
- …are blooming and buzzing around in this orchard?
- Not to mention Narcissus falling for the ‘reflection trap’ in the pond
- Our narrator/poet seems to be hypnotized by the rose buds!
- Amour shoots five arrows flying into the heart of our narrator/poet.
Hope and Despair
- This was the best chapter…..so far!
- Le Dieu d’Amour explains to our poet the
- his 13 commandments for courtly love.
- These rules were written in 13th C
- …but they seem timeless!
- I will let you discover the rest of the book
- …does our poet/narrator
- …finally kiss his rose bud love?
- This is one of the oldest books
- …I’ve read this year (exclu myths).
- And I discovered….
- People have always been people.
- Cultures change, but humans don’t.
- Remember….. l’amour
- “The struggle is excessive and the joy is short-lived.” (pg 66)
- (La peine est excessive et la joie de courte durée.)
- Reading this book after struggling with the
- fire and brimstone religious text of Blaise Pascal felt like
- a relaxing, refreshing summer shower
- …after 4 week heat wave!
- Believe me I know how that feels!