The Glass of Form: Mirroring Structures from Chaucer to Skelton

The Glass of Form: Mirroring Structures from Chaucer to Skelton

The Glass of Form: Mirroring Structures from Chaucer to Skelton

The Glass of Form: Mirroring Structures from Chaucer to Skelton

Synopsis

The mirror has fascinated man in every age; medieval authors are no exception and manifest their interest in mirrors both literally and metaphorically, for two reasons in particular: the analogical element in the mirror metaphor, which combines with the pervasive allegorical mode, and the ethical function attributed to poetry. The mirror's ambivalent role of reflecting appearances and of revealing an intimation of the invisible behind them should also be borne in mind to understand its influence.
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