Gervase of Melkley, <i>Ars versificaria</i>, CA. 1215–1216

Edited by Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653782
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803628 | DOI:
Gervase of Melkley, Ars versificaria, CA. 1215–1216

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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

Chapter.  3435 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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