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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
RISE OF A NEW LYRIC.
THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.
THE END OF COURT-POETRY.
CAUSES OF DECLINE—'ENFANCES'—REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT—CYCLICAL POEM8—FRANCO-ITALIAN EPICS—FRENCH PATRIOTIC VERSE—ROMANS D'AVBNTITRB — 'CENTO NOVELLE ANTICHE'—THE 'AVVENTUROSO CICrLIANO'—THE 'RE A LI DI Francia'—GERMAN EPICS—ICELANDIC RIMUR — FORNSORi'R AND LYOISOGUR— ENOLI8H ROMANCES—ALLITERATIVE POETRY—SCOTTISH ROMANCES—THE 'BRUCE'—LAUBENCB MINOT.
How came the old poetry—epic, romance, minnesong —to die out as it did in the fourteenth century? Was who kaicd it suffocated by adverse outward conditions, amrt-poeiry > or l^ ij. cornpleted 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