Synopses & Reviews
An art form that fails to consider love in its many manifestations and possibilities is hardly thinkable. In their depiction of the many forms of love and practices, works of art are largely self-reflective. By taking a look the implicit poetics of love discourses, this volume unites studies on ancient, medieval, and early modern literature. It asks how erotic nearness and distance, presence and absence, can be expressed in words; how poetic creations can be staged as indications of love; how reflection and narrative seduction can be made visible in poetry; and how motives of love and desire can be transferred between different texts and different genres in short, how to capture the song of the nightingale in words.