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Abelard & Heloise

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Abelard & Heloise is first and foremost a Gothic romance. Based on the historical characters celebrated in medieval lore, the poem is principally concerned with the pursuit of artistic vision couched in antique terms using a style of dramatic monologue reminiscent of Browning. The narrative is delivered in the distinct voices of three dramatis personae; a blind poet, an Old Priest, and Abelard as he writes to his beloved Heloise. As the poem progresses, the temporal realm of this world is suspended, for it soon becomes evident that the voices we hear are not of the living, but rather hail us from beyond the grave. They are ghosts, spirits inhabiting echoes of past mistakes, warning us to take heed of their embittered, miserable sorrow and to profit by means of their tragic example and avoid a similarly horrible fate. Successive episodic monologues explore regions of love revealed by the Sacred Muse to each speaker as he expresses in his own perspective some aspect of the tragedy that transpires as the story unfolds. The blessings of blissful pleasure beatifically bestowed by the Goddess of Love upon her devoted minions are in the fullness of time reflected in the truly harsh light of reality, when the wound inflicted by Cupid’s arrow is revealed to be a fatal curse. While this poem necessarily exploits some antiquated affectations of language calculated to yield a picturesque effect, the author does not attempt to recreate an artificial semblance of a Chaucerian rendering. Respect and deference is given to historically ornate authoritative conventions of stylistic usage that are associated with medieval Gothic style. Due diligence, even reverence, is exercised in preservation of authentic dialectical forms of speech. These considerations must however give way to the larger needs of poetic license. This disclaimer aside, the text also embodies some very beautiful language, moments which are best left in their pristine context, undisturbed.

Abelard & Heloise is first and foremost a Gothic romance. Based on the historical characters celebrated in medieval lore, the poem is principally concerned with the pursuit of artistic vision couched in antique terms using a style of dramatic monolog
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