Chapter

The Poet

John J. O’Meara

in Eriugena

Published in print May 1988 | ISBN: 9780198266747
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266747.003.0010
The Poet

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This chapter examines the poetry of Eriugena, which focuses on Charles the Bald himself. Almost every poem of Eriugena praises and prays for him. The influence of Irishmen in promoting theological debate is to be seen in the ‘hermeneutic pedantry’ of Eriugena. Poets in Charles’s time had an interest in parody and used their verses to extract favours. It is in these contexts that the poetry of Eriugena must be judged.

Keywords: Johannes Scottus Eriugena; poetry; Charles the Bald; parody

Chapter.  8021 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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