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Héloïse and Abélard: The Exquisite Truth, Poems by Ann Taylor
The classic story of a scholar and student is brought to exquisite life in Ann Taylor's deft poems.
"Ann Taylor reimagines the famous story of the medieval scholar and his student-turned-lover with a series of exquisitely drawn dramatic monologues that illuminate the complex relationship with a fresh and probing focus. Unusually, the dramatis personae includes the house servant who betrays his master and even the vellum of an Abelard letter. Taylor complements the monologues with several poems exploring her own attraction to the story, one of which is threaded into Abelard's musings over his life. A fascinating read!"-Tom Daley, author ofHouse You Cannot Reach-Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems
"Ann Taylor strikes gold once again with her new poetry collection. Through thoughtful, well-phrased lines, we meet the star-crossed lovers and the struggle of their passion amidst the constraints of their circumstances. You do not have to be familiar with the story of their romance to enjoy these poems, fluid, lyrical, and tugging at the heartstrings. A must-read for anyone with a taste for beautifully conceived historical poetry."-Meredith Allard, Editor, The Copperfield Review
"The passionate love between the scholastic theologian and his brilliant student has inspired writers for over nine hundred years and is again reimagined by Ann Taylor in her new book of poems. With directness and rich, yet subtle, language, she explores not only their passions, but the complex relationship between their religion and their love. She breathes new life into their tragic story, making it compelling reading for us in the 21st century."-Barbara Dordi, Editor, The French Literary Review