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“Dredful Fotyng”: Reenacting Danse macabre’s Poetic Form

“Dredful Fotyng”: Reenacting Danse macabre’s Poetic Form

Chapter:
(p.144) Chapter Four “Dredful Fotyng”: Reenacting Danse macabre’s Poetic Form
Source:
Strange Footing
Author(s):
Seeta Chaganti
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0005

This chapter argues that the experience of danse macabre poetry’s form is a temporal and spatial disorientation. The danse macabre spectacle conditions the reader/viewer to bring these perceptual practices to the encounter with the poetic tradition. The audience’s habituation to dance’s virtual supplement allows them to perceive asymmetry, orthogononality, and untimeliness, even within the poet’s insistently regular huitain stanza.

Keywords:   danse macabre, dance of death, John Lydgate, Cotton Vespasian A.25, Lansdowne 699, medieval manuscripts, poetic form, virtual, temporality, huitain stanza, ductus

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