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1. “Erudite works treat their subjects too discreetly, in too artificial a style far removed from the common natural one. My page-boy can court his lady and understands how to do so. Read him Leone Ebreo and Ficino: they are talking about him, about what he is thinking and doing. And they mean nothing to him! I cannot recognize most of my ordinary emotions in Aristotle: they have been covered over and clad in a different gown for use by the schoolmen. Please God they know what they are doing! If I were in that trade, just as they make nature artificial, I would make art natural” (Montaigne, “On some lines of Virgil”) To what extent is erotic desire a force of nature, and to what extent is it a product of culture? Support your arguments by references to at least 4 of the following texts: Montaigne's essays, Marguerite de Navarre's novels, Rabelais's chronicles, Ronsard's poetry, Léry's voyage account. This above quote would make one believe that erotic desire was a product of nature, Montaigne believed that it was a natural force and therefore unstoppably present in humans. In Montaigne’s work Same Design Different Outcome, he speaks of nature and this being out of a person’s control, even when it comes to things that seem very personally controlled like medicine, poetry or painting.
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