Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

Although all extant works by Hartmann von Aue are in verse form, scholars have been tempted to consider the courtly epics Erec, Iwein, Gregorius, and Der arme Heinrich as prototypes of modern prose forms such as the novella and the novel. Nevertheless, Hartmann is first and foremost an epic poet. Because he and his contemporaries drew no such generic distinctions, neither shall this survey.