By Anne L. Klinck
This assortment specializes in a woman's viewpoint in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems via ladies and poems approximately girls to elevate questions on how femininity is developed. even if such a lot medieval ''woman's songs'' are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a favored kind, the time period can usefully be extended to hide poetry composed through ladies, and poetry that's aristocratic or realized instead of well known. Poetry from historical Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems can also be integrated right here. Readers will discover a diversity of voices, usually echoing related topics, as ladies have a good time or lament, compliment or condemn, plead or curse, converse in jest or in earnest, to males and to one another, approximately love.
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68. 17. Cf. Bray 152. 18. , the work of Hitchcock and Jones, and the article by Kelley. 19. See Galmés de Fuentes 32. 20. I am referring here to the German translation of Ibn Sana’ al-Mulk included in Heger’s collection of kharjas and related materials (Heger 187). For an English account, see Linda Fish Compton’s summary of al-Mulk’s pronouncements about the muwashshaha (Andalusian Lyrical Poetry 3–7). 21. Cf. Judith Cohen’s comment on the attitude reflected in two medieval romances, where an aristocratic woman makes a point of dissociating herself from the profession of the joglaresa, the paid performer who is likely also to be a prostitute.
Sμxναον. γbμβρο †ε σNρχεται fσο ’ЈAρευι†, hνδρο μεγbλω π λυ μNσδων. Sμxναον. Raise high the roof-beam! Hymen! Raise it, you carpenters! Hymen! The bridegroom is coming like Ares— much bigger than a big man. Hymen! Meter: Uncertain. 130—“Once again limb-loosening Eros shakes me” ’ЈEρο δηBτN μ’ λυσιμNλη δ νει, γλυκjπικρον iμbχανον ρπετον Once again limb-loosening Eros shakes me, insinuating, irresistible, bitter though sweet. Meter: Glyconic with internal dactyl. 140—“He is dying, Cytherea, graceful Adonis.
Mocking me thus in my extremity, a savage fate denies even an ear to my laments. Great Jupiter, if only the ships of Cecrops’ race had never touched Cnossos’ shore. If only that traitor, with his dreadful wages for the untamed bull had never moored his ship’s cable in Crete, 34 ancient and medieval woman’s song 175 nec malus hic celans dulci crudelia forma consilia in nostris requiesset sedibus hospes! nam quo me referam? quali spe perdita nitor? Idaeosne petam montes? at gurgite lato discernens ponti truculentum dividit aequor.
Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman's Song by Anne L. Klinck