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Or you can adopt one of three Artificial modes, beginning at the end, beginning in the middle, or beginning with some generalisation (sententia) or illustration (exemplum). A predecessor of Geoffrey's, Matthew of Vendome, had written an Ars Versificatoria in -about 1185, in which five methods of ending were laid down. The first was by Recapitulation of the sententia, the general moral of the piece (as in fact happens in Chaucer's Miller's Tale and his Physician's Tale). The second was by Emendation of the work, requesting readers to correct what was said where necessary.
5 Thus the beautiful is the object of a non-possessive contemplation, whereas the good is something which we desire for ourselves. The beautiful is something we delight in recognising and appreciating. The good is the object of our desire. 32 A HISTORY OF LITERARY CRITICISM Aquinas supplies a definition of what constitutes beauty: For in respect to beauty three things are essential: first of all, integrity or completeness, since beings deprived of wholeness are on this score ugly; secondly, a certain required design or patterned structure; and finally, a certain splendour, inasmuch as things are called beautiful which possess a pleasing colour.
But what is most attractive in John of Salisbury's attitude to literature is the flexibility of approach which does not limit itself to systematising technicalities or drawing boundaries around what is good for the soul, but which is acutely sensitive to the value inherent in a continuing literary tradition and sees it as THE MIDDLE AGES 39 a source of both enjoyment and enrichment, intellectual and moral. V Style and substance We must turn from this refreshingly congenial figure to a scholar of different breed who flourished about 1200, Geoffrey de Vinsauf.