Different Types of Love in the Works of Hartmann von Aue and Mechthild von Magdeburg


Essay, 2013

7 Pages, Grade: 1,7


Abstract or Introduction

Varying types of ‘love’ are present in every type of literature. Love for oneself, love for God and love for another person are the most common denominations and all three are present in the works of Middle High German author Hartmann von Aue and medieval mystic Mechthild von Magdeburg. The relationship between the interrelating types of love differs from text to text but each enriches the other and results in an interesting experience for the reader. Hartmann’s Der Arme Heinrich may have been written out of love for God, as is suggested in the introduction (Von Aue, line 25) but the titular Heinrich’s sexual love is at the heart of the plot. Equally, Mechthild’s works may aim to distance itself from such expression of sexual love as its author was a nun. However, through the exploration of her own love for God, as will be discussed, she cannot entirely avoid it.

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Title
Different Types of Love in the Works of Hartmann von Aue and Mechthild von Magdeburg
College
University of Birmingham
Course
BA Modern Languages
Grade
1,7
Author
Year
2013
Pages
7
Catalog Number
V295714
ISBN (eBook)
9783656936800
ISBN (Book)
9783656936817
File size
403 KB
Language
English
Keywords
Hartmann von Aue, Mechthild von Magdeburg, Middle High German, Medieval German Literature
Quote paper
Laura Smith (Author), 2013, Different Types of Love in the Works of Hartmann von Aue and Mechthild von Magdeburg, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/295714

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