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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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Gervase of Melkley, Ars versificaria, CA. 1215–1216

Gervase of Melkley, Ars versificaria, CA. 1215–1216

(p.607) Gervase of Melkley, Ars versificaria, CA. 1215–1216
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Ars versificaria (Art of Versifying), a treatise written by Gervase of Melkley around 1215–1216. Ars versificaria focuses on style and is comprised of three sections dealing with rules common to any kind of discourse, rules pertaining to verse composition, and rules pertaining to prose composition. The section on rules pertaining to any kind of discourse is further divided into several parts that articulate Gervase's theoretical framework for classifying figures and tropes and are grouped under the headings of identity (identitas), similitude or likeness (similitudo), and contrariety (contrarietas). There are also short chapters on proverbs, stylistic elegance, and the embellishment of arguments through topics.

Keywords:   verse, prose, composition, Ars versificaria, Gervase of Melkley, figures, tropes, identity, similitude, contrariety

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