By Anne L. Klinck
This assortment makes a speciality of a woman's viewpoint in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems through girls and poems approximately ladies to elevate questions on how femininity is developed. even supposing so much medieval "woman's songs" are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a favored kind, the time period can usefully be multiplied to hide poetry composed via girls, and poetry that's aristocratic or discovered instead of renowned. Poetry from old Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems can also be integrated right here. Readers will discover a variety of voices, usually echoing related topics, as ladies have a good time or lament, compliment or condemn, plead or curse, communicate in jest or in earnest, to males and to one another, approximately love.
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Iλλn πnν τ λματον, Rπε †κα πNνητα† But everything must be borne, for even a poor man Meter: Sapphic stanza. Sappho 47, 102, 105c, 111, 130, 140 In archaic Greek poetry, Eros (both the god and “desire”) is by no means a gentle and amiable power. It is a mysterious and invincible external force, attacking and overwhelming the lover—in 47 with the violence of a storm. In 130, Eros is serpent-sly (“orpeton” means “creeping thing”), and bitter-sweet, or more accurately “sweet-bitter” (“glukupikron”), as well as invincible (“amachanon”).
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). Whetnall, “Lírica Feminina” 147. For comparisons between medieval Hispanic poetry featuring women or composed by women and similar modern songs from the oral traditions of the Middle East, see Cohen.
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An Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman's Song by Anne L. Klinck