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 ladies to elevate questions about how femininity is built. even though so much 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 via 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 issues, as ladies have fun 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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As an example of adulterous (“moichikai”) songs. 639a and 697b–c), presumably meaning that they were similarly erotic. Though undistinguished poetically, the Locrian Song is an interesting early example of the song of dawn parting, the alba. The illicit love and the jealous husband, familiar in medieval albas, also appear here. τg πbσχει ; μy προδu hμμ’, κετεjω. πρ ν κα μολε ν κε νον, iνgστω, μy κακ ν σε μNγα ποιxσG κiμP τnν δειλbκραν. rμNρα κα sδη. τ φa διn τd θυρgδο οSκ ε σορ ; Oh, what is the matter with you?
I have been disappointed in my hopes. Come now. Shall I speak to you as if you were still dear to me? What benefit could I think to get from a man like you? Yet I will appeal, for then you will be revealed as even more shameless. Now where am I to turn? To my father’s halls? I betrayed them and my country to you when I came here. Or to the wretched daughters of Pelias? They would welcome me into the household whose father I had killed! This is how it is. To my dear family at home I have become an enemy.
And went sailing off to Troy. ] carried her away . . ... . -με ν ν ’Aνακτορgα σ’ οS παρεοgσα , ... And now I remember Anactoria, who’s gone. νNμναι- τd κε βολλοgμαν Oρατ ν τε βdμα κiμbρυχμα λbμπρον δην προσ πω m τn Λjδων hρματα κiν πλοισι πεσδομbχεντα . I’d rather have her lovely step, her face so full of brightness to look upon, than Lydian chariots, and a host all armed of foot-soldiers. . -μεν οS δjνατον γNνεσθαι . . -ν iνθρωπ- . . πεδNχην δ’ hρασθαι ... But it’s not possible for it to be .
Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman's Song by Anne L. Klinck