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Liminary Poetry in Latin and Dutch. The Case of Pieter Bor’s Nederlantsche Oorloghen

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This chapter gives some background on the literary use of Dutch and Latin (and French). Both the term and the quasi-apotropaic use of an opening or closing poem against jealous persons, invidi, are frequent in Latin and Neo-Latin works. There are many agreements as regards content between the Dutch and Latin poems: almost every poet mentions as Bor's distinctive qualities his truthfulness and impartiality. Within the intricate web of liminary poems the dialogue and dynamics can be seen: intertextuality, 'Latin' characteristics in Dutch poetry and vice versa as well as bilingualism. The interplay between Dutch and Latin is most manifest where the same author writes in both languages. The Dutch poem invariably follows the Latin one, but that is no proof of the chronological priority of the Latin text. The chapter concludes that most poets present themselves as monolingual, writing Dutch more often than Latin.

Keywords: bilingualism; Dutch; Latin; monolingual; Neo-Latin works; Pieter Bor



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