Throughout the medieval period which preceded the renaissance poetry changed dramatically throughout england and western europe slowly and with influence from movements like courtly love the epic ballads of battles and monsters like beowulf were transformed into romantic adventures like the arthurian legends. Medieval poetry can be a daunting field to dip into to mix our metaphors terribly although chaucers canterbury tales and dantes divine comedy are masterpieces and essential reading perhaps the best route into medieval poetry as with any poetry is to start small what follows is our pick of the best short medieval poems written . Medieval love poetry puts us on very familiar terrain dear reader my page on this sitepoetry courtly love introduced us to the rules conventions and poetry of courtly love which introduced the culture of romantic love to the european middle ages courtly love and its tenets were spread all over europe within a decade of its emergence by the poetry and songs of the troubadours and it . Medieval love poetry essentially evolved from the romantic narratives like tristan and iseult lancelot and guinevere aeneas and dido and troilus and criseyde the case of dante and beatrice petrarch and laura were unique in that these latter examples of medieval love poetry from probably the most celebrated and influential medieval poets of
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