courtly love

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(Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers

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By now in the Vita Nuova, by Sonnet XXVI as we have read it, Beatrice is more than the lady of courtly love tradition; more than an angel; but is as Christ himself, the redeemer of men who brings salvation to whoever sees her.
Tin argues that the Middle Ages represented a transitional period during which an ancient warrior celebration of homosocial male bonds was eclipsed by a new emphasis on heterosexuality manifested in the emerging ideals of courtly love and the chivalric code.
Although the poem ostensibly describes a flower bed in which the taller rose towers over the shorter love lies bleeding, Swinburne clearly uses the roundel to discuss the brutal fate of courtly love and his investment in the pleasure/pain principle.
Renata and Cantwell alternate between the languages of courtly love and carnal desire not only during the Colonel's war recollections, but also in private moments of physical intimacy.
The Contradictions of Courtly Love and the Origins of Courtly Poetry: The Evidence of the Lauzengiers.
It is a very high toned, courtly love song between "a courtier and his beloved - unattainable as always.
The House of Holiness, like the Garden of the Rose, is guarded by personifications, but they are personifications of Christian qualities, such as Humility, Zeal and Reverence, instead of Idleness, Courtesy and Mirth, the concomitants of Courtly Love.
draws on an impressive array of material in this broad commentary on courtly love and chivalry, with examples from the crusades, medieval and early modern literature, and liberally mixing in Gothic Revival and Romantic works from the 19th century forward to the present day.
She sees the influence of Mary Magdalene in courtly love, in the reviled Cathars, the "monastic love mysticism" of Bernard of Clairvaux, Taize chants, and Teilhard de Chardin's vision of the sacred heart of Jesus as the driving force of cosmic evolution.
He described her as the "apple on the bough most out of reach," an allusion not only to the courtly love tradition but also to his memory of Gonne's complexion "delicate in colour as apple blossom" when he met her first at the age of twenty-three.
So in the Twilight series, Edward, Bella, and werewolf Jacob battle sexual passions in a romantic melodrama celebrating the pleasures of chaste and courtly love and warning of the dangers of an unfettered sexuality.
Such richly textured displays of "lewd and loose behaviour" were no more welcome in Elizabethan England than they were in Augustan Rome; their salty realism must have registered with Marlowe's contemporaries as a jaunty rebuke to the sonnet sequences that cluttered the literary landscape with neoplatonizing Petrachan expressions of courtly love.
Rougemont had linked the Manichean mysticism of the courtly love tradition with a Western appropriation of Plato in which eros is a gateway into contemplation of the divine (55-60).
The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the time of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love f lourished.
In the 12th century French poets and singers spread the idea of courtly love with song and verse across Europe, and it was this that led to Valentine cards containing a love-inspired verse.