Jean de Meung


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Jean de Meung

real name Jean Clopinel. ?1250--?1305, French poet, who continued Guillaume de Lorris' Roman de la Rose. His portion of the poem consists of some 18 000 lines and contains satirical attacks on women and the Church
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Chaucer experimented with the numerous lyric forms which the French poets had brought to perfection; he also translated, in whole or in part, the most important of medieval French narrative poems, the thirteenth century 'Romance of the Rose' of Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, a very clever satirical allegory, in many thousand lines, of medieval love and medieval religion.
She indicates that many of the references are not cited so that only the most educated of contemporary readers would have been able to penetrate the layers of meaning, particularly those of the second author, Jean de Meung.
The famous querelle de la "Rose,'" in which Christine was a key contributor, hinges on the author of the Romance of the Rose's aims in writing his story: did Jean de Meung hope to demonstrate the folly of love or to celebrate its immoral pleasures?