from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A son of King Priam of Troy, depicted as Cressida's lover in medieval romance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, handsome American butterfly (Euphœades troilus, or Papilio troilus). It is black, with yellow marginal spots on the front wings, and blue spots on the rear wings; -- also called troilus butterfly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large swallow-tailed butterfly, Papilio troilus, common in the United States.
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"The Song of Troilus," in the first book of _Troilus and Creseide_, is a paraphrase from one of the Sonnets of Petrarca:
I'll even buy the beers. --- go to every game of the 1921 World Series or attend the opening of Picasso's first exhibit or go see my friend in Troilus and Cressida or Bob in Tiger at the Gates.
Troilus is a relatively minor character in that play, but the director decided to put him in as many scenes as she could find a dramatic excuse for putting him in.
It is the lust of a mother (not, say, an uncle) that so tortures Shakespeare's Hamlet ( "Frailty, thy name is woman"), a girl's sexual fickleness that takes out the hero in Troilus and Cressida, a queen's love for an ass that brings down the house in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
This weirdness is something Barney presumably suffers from and Barney's assertion that the Troilus is the greatest work in English between Beowulf and The Faerie Qveene is one piece of evidence to suggest such attachment.
Henryson adds a canto to "Troilus" (below p. 507).
In the Prologue Venus and Cupid reproach him with having composed poems where women and love do not appear in a favourable light, such as "Troilus" and the translation of the "Roman de la Rose," which
Their bill is a varied one, and includes the best and the worst; they sometimes recite the "Troilus" of
Among modern tributes paid to Chaucer may be added Wordsworth's modernisation of part of "Troilus" (John Morley's ed., p. 165), and Lowell's admirable essay in his "Study Windows."
He has no idea to what extent this apology, so common a hundred years before, is now out of place after the "Troilus" of Chaucer.