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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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Matthew of Vendôme, Ars Versificatoria, CA. 1175

Matthew of Vendôme, Ars Versificatoria, CA. 1175

(p.559) Matthew of Vendôme, Ars Versificatoria, CA. 1175
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Ars versificatoria (Art of Poetry or Versification), a treatise written by Matthew of Vendôme around 1175. The Ars versificatoria is the earliest of the ‘new’ arts of poetry and consists of four uneven parts: inner meaning; elegance of diction; schemata, tropes, and colors of rhetoric; and treatment of the material. These divisions do not correspond precisely with the divisions of rhetoric into invention, style, and arrangement. The poem's ‘inner ideas’ are understood or grasped through the topics of invention (the person and the act), and the treatise explains how they assume literary form.

Keywords:   poetry, Ars versificatoria, treatise, Matthew of Vendôme, inner meaning, diction, schemata, tropes, rhetoric, invention

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