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THE END OP COURT-POETRY.
Causes of decline — Enfances — Revolutionary spirit — Cyclical
TOWN-VER8E AND FOLK-SONO.
Decline of the Troubadour art—The Leys tit'Amors—Legend of
THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.
THE END OF COURT-POETRY.
Causes Of Decline—' Enfances '—Revolutionary Spirit—Cyclical Poems—Franco-italian Epics—French Patriotic Verse—Romans D'aventcre —' Cento Novelle Antiche' — Thb 'Avventuroso Ciciliano'—The 'Reali Di Francia'—German Epics—Icelandic Rimuh—Fornsiigur And Lyoi9oour — English Romances — AlLiterative Poetry—Scottish Romances—The 'eruce*—Laurence
How came the old poetry—epic, romance, minnesong
—to die out as it did in the fourteenth century? Was
who wied it suffocated by adverse outward conditions,
court-poetry? or had it compieted its natural term of
life? Perhaps it is not necessary to choose between these solutions. It seems probable that more than one cause was at work. That there were hostile agencies abroad cannot be doubted. In this task of