Baroco: The Logic of English Baroque Poetics

  title={Baroco: The Logic of English Baroque Poetics},
  author={Robert Hudson Vincent},
  journal={Modern Language Quarterly},
  • R. Vincent
  • Published 1 September 2019
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Language Quarterly
As many scholars, including the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, continue to cite false etymologies of the baroque, this article returns to a Scholastic syllogism called baroco to demonstrate the relevance of medieval logic to the history of aesthetics. The syllogism is connected to early modern art forms that Enlightenment critics considered excessively complicated or absurdly confusing. Focusing on the emergence of baroque logic in Neo-Latin rhetoric and English poetics, this… 
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