The poetic theology of love : Cupid in Renaissance literature /
Thomas Hyde.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1986.
212 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0874132738 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1986.
0874132738 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 195-208.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-10:
Hyde's study analyzes the appearances of Cupid as a divinity in Renaissance literature and in a few ancient and medieval precedents. Major literary works used to treat the potential meanings of Cupid include the Romance of the Rose, the Vita Nuova of Dante, the Trionfi of Petrarch, and Spencer's The Faerie Queene. Almost half the study concerns the poetry of Edmund Spenser. This is not a detailed history of the tradition but a treatment of major works that contribute to the ambiguity of the theology of love as developed in literature. Analysis of relevant parts of the works of Marsilio Ficino, Boccaccio, and Leone Ebreo furnish extremely valuable background. Just as significant are interpretations of the works discussed. The author's translations show good command of the original languages. A wealth of references in the footnotes and bibliography allows the reader to verify the author's work and pursue the subject further. A difficult work of great learning and conscientious scholarship as well as literary skill, important for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.-J.R. Buchert, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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This book argues that current criticism tends to take the mythology of love either too innocently or too skeptically and therefore distorts the complex roles played by the god of love in longer narrative poems and discursive works of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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