By Anne L. Klinck
This assortment makes a speciality of a woman's viewpoint in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems via girls and poems approximately girls to elevate questions about how femininity is developed. even supposing so much medieval "woman's songs" are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a favored sort, the time period can usefully be accelerated to hide poetry composed by means of girls, and poetry that's aristocratic or discovered instead of well known. Poetry from old Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems can be integrated right here. Readers will discover a diversity of voices, frequently echoing comparable issues, 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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Yet a beast is dumb and without intellect, and of a lower order. In you, dear Hector, I had a man who was all I wanted: great in intellect, in birth, in wealth, and in valor. ancient greece 675 iκxρατον δN μ’ εκ πατρ λαβqν δ μων You took me intact from my father’s house. You were the first to yoke my virginity in the marriage bed. And now you are gone, and I must sail to Greece, a captive, to the yoke of slavery. Is not Polyxena’s violent death, which you bewail, less dreadful than my woes? For me not even the last thing left for all mortals remains— hope.
Faral did with poems he regarded as too lascivious to have been composed or performed by women. ” And note Bruckner’s warning about “subjective and culturally determined assumptions” (“Fictions of the Female Voice” 132). ; she observes that they could respond to misogynist poems with wit (see esp. 313). “Female Rhetoric” 69–71. Ferrante, “Female Rhetoric” 66–67; Kay, “Derived Rhyme,” esp. 165. “Thus woman has in primitive literature a role imposed upon her by man, answering him with the very words of longing he has suggested to her”—Spitzer’s dated but still thought-provoking reaction to the kharjas in the light of Frings’s theories about woman’s song (Spitzer 22).
Gλοι eσσον ο σ’ rπαλd χηρ λbβοι, αfψb κ’Rγqν κNτι κxνα γενοgμαν. All along the host, Astymeloisa, the darling of the people, . . taking ... for if . . throw silver. I would see if somehow she might love me, if coming close to me she’d take my tender hand; I’d be her suppliant straightaway. ν ν δ’ . . -δα παgδα βαθjφρονα παιδι . . μ’ Oχοισαν . . -ν r παg . . χbριν. ] a deep-counselled girl, having . . ] me. . This girl . . grace ... C. Meter: Nine-line stanza.