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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An even better-known example of this tendency is Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung. This poem justly has the reputation of belonging to the most popular level of medieval culture, if only because it was written in the vernacular.
Up until the fifteenth century, we read, the concept of time was relatively coherent--with a few exceptions, including Jean de Meung's part of the Roman de la Rose.
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?