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4 When men go in search of what is immutable, Augustine declares, they arrive 'at knowledge of God the Creator by means of the things which He created'. We spoke of St Augustine as a fit representative of the historical development which pushed literary criticism out of the domain of intellectual life for several centuries. l224-74) as representative of the intellectual development which was to make literary criticism possible again. For Aquinas effected within the intellectual life of Christendom the full re-establishment of what was valuable and relevant in the philosophy of Aristotle.
He defines two kinds of ordo (dispositio), Natural and Artificial. That is, you can begin at the beginning and go through the middle to the end. Or you can adopt one of three Artificial modes, beginning at the end, beginning in the middle, or beginning with some generalisation (sententia) or illustration (exemplum). A predecessor of Geoffrey's, Matthew of Vendome, had written an Ars Versificatoria in -about 1185, in which five methods of ending were laid down. The first was by Recapitulation of the sententia, the general moral of the piece (as in fact happens in Chaucer's Miller's Tale and his Physician's Tale).
Rhetoric of course was Cicero's stock-in-trade in his two roles as barrister and statesman. 95 AD), then he too worked in the law-courts and rose to be consul under the emperor Domitian and tutor ofhis grandnephews. He retired about the year 90 AD and composed his Institutio Oratoria, a treatise in 12 books dealing with the education of the orator. Quintilian works through the early and later phases of THE CLASSICAL AGE 21 schooling (books I-II), then turns to technicalities of oratory, categorising subject-matter and examining the proper organisation of material (books III-VII).
A History of Literary Criticism by Harry Blamires (auth.)