Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1433142
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of Caricature and 
Hiiory 
Grotqfyue 
from his model Folengo, as his native town Bergamo is diftant from 
Siberia. An earlier poet, named Guarino Capella, a native of the 
town of Sarfina, in the country of Forli, on the borders of Tufcany, 
approached far nearer in excellence to the prince of macaronic writers. 
His Work alfo is a mock romance, the hiftory of " Cabrinus, king of 
Gagamagoga," in fix books or cantos, which was printed at Arimini in 
1526, and is now a book of excetiive rarity. 
The tafte for rnacaronics paded rather early, like all other fafhions in 
that age, from Italy into France, where it tirfi brought into literary repu- 
tation a man who, if he had not the great talent of Folengo, poflelfed a 
very conhderable amount of wit and gaiety. Antoine de la Sable, who 
Latinifed his name into Antonius de Arena, was born ofa highly ref'pe6t- 
able family at Soliers, in the diocefc of Toulon, about the year I500, and, 
being deltined from his youth to follow the profeflion of the law, itudied 
under the celebrated jurifconfult Alciatus. He had only arrived at the 
Iimple dignity ofjuge, at St. Remy, in the diocefe of Arles, when he 
died in the year 1544. In fact, he appears to have been no very diligent 
ttudent, and we gather from his own confellions that his youth had been 
rather wild. The volume containing his macaronics, the fecond edition 
of which (as far as the editions are known) was printed in I529, bears a 
title which will give fome notion of the character of its contents,- 
"Provencalis de bragardjjima villa de Sole-riis, ad sues compagnones qu-ifmt 
rle perjbna friantes, bqyizs rlanfas et branlas praciicantes novellas, de guerm 
Romana, Neapolitana, et Genuergfi mandat ; una cum epjfiola aclfalotjjimam 
fuam gavjfam, Janam Rqfaeam, pro pqylzndo tempura  a Provencal of 
the molt fwaggering town of Soliers, fencls this to his companions, who are 
dainty of their perfons, praetifing baife dances and new brawls, concern- 
ing the war of Rome, Naples, and Genoa; with an epiltle to his molt 
merry wench, Jeanne Rofee, for pattime). In the firft of thefe poems 
Arena traces in his burlefque verfe, which is an imitation of F olengo, his 
own adventures and fuferings in the war in Italy which led to the fack of 
Rome, in 1527, and in the fubfequent expeditions to Naples and Genoa. 
F rorn the picture of the horrors of war, he paffes very willingly to defcribe 
the joyous manners of the tludents in Provencal univerhties, of whom he 
tells
        

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