"Chvála básnického umenia" (Laudes artis poeticae, 1461) z pera Levočana Christophora Petschmessingsloera
"The Praise for the Art of Poetry" (Laudes artis poeticae, 1461) by Christoph Petschmessingsloer from Levoča

Author(s): Mária Novacká
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Studies of Literature, 13th to 14th Centuries, 15th Century, Rhetoric
Published by: Historický ústav SAV
Keywords: fraternity; Levoča; Lőcse; Leutschau; Christoph Petschmessingsloer; rhetoric; poetics;

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the activities of an important fraternity of pastors from Spiš (Szepes, Zips) region founded in 1204 who resided in Levoča (Lőcse, Leutschau), especially with the work of one of its members, Christoph Petschmessingsloer. In addition to providing information on the life of the author of The Praise for the Art of Poetry (Laudes artis poeticae) from 1461, the study describes the circumstances of the origin of this work. The greatest attention is paid to an analysis of the text of this lecture on the art of poetry and an assessment of its rhetorical characteristics that represented an introduction to Satires by the Roman satirist Decimus Junius Juvenalis. For its first part, the poetic praise of art and poetry is characteristic; the second part speaks of rhetorical and poetic technique, verse forms together with terms of poetic expression. The work is concluded with a mythological story inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses about nine muses that represent nine human activities and methods of the acquisition of knowledge.

  • Issue Year: 2/2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 1-7
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Slovak