By Anne L. Klinck
This assortment makes a speciality of a woman's standpoint in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems via girls and poems approximately girls to elevate questions on how femininity is developed. even if so much medieval "woman's songs" are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a favored type, the time period can usefully be accelerated to hide poetry composed by way of girls, and poetry that's aristocratic or realized instead of renowned. Poetry from historic Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems is usually incorporated right here. Readers will discover a variety of voices, frequently echoing comparable issues, as girls 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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I can’t discover whether you think the gods who ruled no longer do, or believe there are new divine decrees for modern men, since you well know you have broken your vow to me. Alas, my right hand, which you often used to clasp, and my knees—how idly I have been touched in appeal by an evil man. 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.
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? Don’t betray us, I beg; get up before “he” comes.
28 Zαν 20 ancient and medieval woman’s song τοι θυγbτηρ cπ τnν μgαν κετο χλα ναν, ο α ’Aχαιιbδων γα αν πατε οSδεμg’ hλλα. D μNγα κb τι τNκοιτ’ ε ματNρι τgκτοι μο ον. hμμε δ’ α πdσαι συνομbλικε , αf δρ μο ωcτ χρισαμNναι iνδριστ παρ’ ESρ ταο λοετρο , τετρbκι Qξxκοντα κ ραι, θtλυ νεολαgα, 25 τdν οSδ’ \τι \μωμο Rπεg χ’ EλNνF παρισωθ . ’Aq iντNλλοισα καλ ν διNφανε πρ σωπον, π τνια Njξ, τ τε λευκ ν Oαρ χειμaνο iνNντο . δε κα r χρυσNα EλNνα διεφαgνετ’ Rν rμ ν. πιεgρF μεγbλα \τ’ iνNδραμε κ σμο iροjρF 30 κα κbπH κυπbρισσο , m \ρματι Θεσσαλ ππο , zδε κα r οδ χρω ‘EλNνα Λακεδαgμονι κ σμο .