Gregory of Tours and Poetry: Prose into Verse and Verse into Prose

Danuta Shanzer

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Gregory of Tours and Poetry: Prose into Verse and Verse into Prose

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This chapter first presents two representative nineteenth-century scholarly voices on the stylistic aspirations and achievements of the bishop of Tours. Before pursuing a new approach to Gregory’s reading, writing, and Sprachgefühl, it sets out some of the very real impediments to a study of his language and style. Gregory’s stylistic texture can be observed to change even from one sentence to another, sometimes obviously enough for one to suspect lost sources. The relationship of some of his prose to verse and verse to prose is explained. In addition, the importance of Gregory’s paraphrases is described.

Keywords: Gregory; bishop of Tours; poetry; verse; prose; language; style

Chapter.  8273 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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