Aspects of Love in John Gower's Confessio Amantis (Studies by Ellen Shaw Bakalian

By Ellen Shaw Bakalian

In the course of the stories within the "Confessio Amantis", John Gower proposes that reciprocal love is the therapy to what ails guy and society. This ebook explores how Gower makes use of the points of affection within the "Confessio" - the notions of variety, or passionate love, and cause within the sphere of affection.

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He adds a few pertinent details which are not found in the Confessio. 8–9). 1). This tale is one of the few in which we see, albeit for a very short time, a happy loving couple living together lawfully as man and wife. That Gower has taken the trouble to describe a solid loving marriage and then have it unravel is striking. All this reiterates the dangers and the strong tentacles of the sin of Pride. Gower has carefully drawn a marriage of mutual love between Albinus and Rosemund, which makes Albinus’ sin of pride that much more serious; he had a good marriage and he threw it away through his unnatural, unreasonable behavior.

149–150). 157). 154). The MED defines “lachesse” or “lachesce” as “tardiness [or] procrastination,” and cites Genius’ explanation of a slothful man in Book IV:11 The ferste point of Slowthe I calle Lachesce, and is chief of alle, And hath this propreliche of kinde, To leven alle thing behinde. 1). 157–164). It is a clever way to attract her slothful husbands attention. 168–70). 178– 181). Despite her lonely and precarious situation, it is most interestingly that Gower’s Penelope does not express anger or impatience in her letter; neither is she a shrew or a nag.

G. the way sleep or drunkenness physically disables one for rational accomplishments. This last can also occur by reason of emotional pressure which can be so intense that a man is completely deprived of the use of reason, for many men are completely carried out of their minds by excessive wrath or love. R2) 30 ASPECTS OF LOVE IN JOHN GOWER’S CONFESSIO AMANTIS In Book III the vice examined is Wrath and her five daughters; “contek” or contention, is one of the daughters. 2735 in the Confessio as an example.

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