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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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John of Garland, Parisiana poetria, CA. 1231–1235

John of Garland, Parisiana poetria, CA. 1231–1235

(p.639) John of Garland, Parisiana poetria, CA. 1231–1235
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Parisiana poetria, a treatise on grammar and rhetoric written by John of Garland around 1231–1235. A consummate work on the grammatical and rhetorical curricula, Parisiana poetria deals with all kinds of written composition and the canons of rhetoric. It uses the system of the ‘vices’ or faults of style to describe a more comprehensive theory of style, represented in the figure of the ‘Wheel of Virgil’ in which Virgil's three works — the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid — are used to differentiate literary character types, subject matters and settings, and levels of style.

Keywords:   grammar, rhetoric, John of Garland, Parisiana poetria, written composition, style, Wheel of Virgil, Virgil

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