ABSTRACT

Many twelh-century theologians dabbled in the art of poetry. Some may have viewed poetic composition as a brief distraction from more serious endeavours, while others, such as Hildebert of Lavardin, composed a rich variety of poetic works.1 But rare is the ecclesiastical writer from the twelh century who does not have at least one poem to his name, for poetry had an important place in the schools of the twelh century. Associated with grammar or rhetoric as part of the trivium, poetry was part of the basic foundation of a twelh-century education.2 Hugh of Saint-Victor expressed the opinion that poetry was little more than an appendage to the arts, useful, but of secondary importance.3 But it was a signicant element in the formation of many a young man in the cathedral schools of the time, and a good number of these scholars continued to write poetry long aer their school days were over.4