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Justus Lipsius And The Cento Form

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This chapter illustrates not only Lipsiuss own cento-text and pronouncements about it, which served as Burtons most obvious model, but also those of Lipsiuss contemporary, the essayist Michel de Montaigne. The voice of the cento author is thus fully present in the text, even when the text is fully derived from elsewherea point, typical of the cento genre, also made by Justus Lipsius himself in relation to his prose-cento: not only in his preface De consilio et forma nostri operis to the Politica, with the paradoxical statement, in quo [stili genere] vere possim dicere, omnia nostra esse, et nihil, closely echoed by Burton; but also in Lipsiuss correspondence.

Keywords: Burton; cento-text; Justus Lipsius



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