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The Laws of LoveThe Dolorific Calculus

The Laws of Love: The Dolorific Calculus [There is a very simple principle that underlies all of the laws of love. It is that desire hurts and fulfillment brings relief. As simple as that. As complex as that. Pain and pleasure, beginning and end, the history of love is the quest for release from the fond sufferings of hope or the less dulcet frustrations of an unattainable amour. In between the great passion and its satisfaction is the distance traversed, the trajectory from lack to fulfillment, from the pangs of hope to the joys of expression. The founding charter of the Gay Consistory, the mid-fourteenth century learned and legal council which inscribed and published the most comprehensive of the laws of love—las leys d’amors—expressly dictates as much: “Pleasure and enjoyment are the sole purpose of the Gay Science and its laws.” To the end of producing such happy climax the laws set out the rules of amorous dialogue, the poetics, the eloquence and good taste that best leads to love’s expression, its enjoyment, its fulfillment. The rhetorical rules of the gay science—the earlier troubadour’s dreit d’amor—dictate the means of transforming desire into fulfillment, lust into communication, and so they map the path from inside to outside, from conception to fruition, or in the terms of the precious Madeleine de Scudéry, amorous cartographer, from danger to the delicacies of genuine affection. But first things first.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Laws of LoveThe Dolorific Calculus

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
ISBN
978-1-349-28311-8
Pages
123 –138
DOI
10.1057/9780230626539_8
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Abstract

[There is a very simple principle that underlies all of the laws of love. It is that desire hurts and fulfillment brings relief. As simple as that. As complex as that. Pain and pleasure, beginning and end, the history of love is the quest for release from the fond sufferings of hope or the less dulcet frustrations of an unattainable amour. In between the great passion and its satisfaction is the distance traversed, the trajectory from lack to fulfillment, from the pangs of hope to the joys of expression. The founding charter of the Gay Consistory, the mid-fourteenth century learned and legal council which inscribed and published the most comprehensive of the laws of love—las leys d’amors—expressly dictates as much: “Pleasure and enjoyment are the sole purpose of the Gay Science and its laws.” To the end of producing such happy climax the laws set out the rules of amorous dialogue, the poetics, the eloquence and good taste that best leads to love’s expression, its enjoyment, its fulfillment. The rhetorical rules of the gay science—the earlier troubadour’s dreit d’amor—dictate the means of transforming desire into fulfillment, lust into communication, and so they map the path from inside to outside, from conception to fruition, or in the terms of the precious Madeleine de Scudéry, amorous cartographer, from danger to the delicacies of genuine affection. But first things first.]

Published: Sep 30, 2015

Keywords: Sexual Infidelity; Love Affair; Emotional Exchange; Great Passion; True Love

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