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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova, CA. 1208–1213

Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova, CA. 1208–1213

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(p.594) Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova, CA. 1208–1213
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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0036

This chapter discusses Poetria nova, a 2,000-line poem in hexameters written by Geoffrey of Vinsauf around 1208–1213. Poetria nova, the most influential of all the medieval artes poetriae, was cited and used by other rhetoricians following in the tradition of preceptive grammar, as well as poets, scholastic thinkers and historians, and writers of treatises on dictamen and prose. It represents a new poetics, drawing much of its teaching from Horace's ‘old’ poetics, and deals with all five of the canons of rhetoric.

Keywords:   poem, Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova, artes poetriae, grammar, poetics, Horace, rhetoric

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