By Anne L. Klinck
This assortment specializes in a woman's perspective in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems through ladies and poems approximately girls to elevate questions about how femininity is developed. even if so much medieval ''woman's songs'' are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a favored kind, the time period can usefully be accelerated to hide poetry composed via girls, and poetry that's aristocratic or discovered instead of renowned. Poetry from historical Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems is additionally incorporated the following. Readers will discover a variety of voices, frequently echoing comparable topics, as girls 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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But now let no woman have faith in a man, let no woman hope a man’s words will be trustworthy; as long as their minds are set on getting what they crave, ancient rome nihil metuunt iurare, nihil promittere parcunt: sed simul ac cupidae mentis satiata libido est, dicta nihil meminere, nihil periuria curant. certe ego te in medio versantem turbine leti 150 eripui, et potius germanum amittere crevi, quam tibi fallaci supremo in tempore dessem. pro quo dilaceranda feris dabor alitibusque praeda, neque iniacta tumulabor mortua terra.
145. 12. ” 189. 13. Parker finds no logical basis for inferring female authorship from a supposedly feminine diction, and argues for the attribution of two more elaborate poems to Sulpicia, as well as the shorter and simpler pieces in her voice. See “Sulpicia” 51–52. 14. “Estado latente,” the term used by Menéndez Pidal, “Cantos románicos” 266–67. 15. Quoted from Synodus Diocesana Autissiodorensis, canon 9, in de Clercq 266; Concilium Cabilonense, canon 19, in de Clercq 307; Concilium Romanum, canon 35, in Wilfried Hartmann 328.
I’ll begin at the beginning. I saved you. The Greeks know it, all those who embarked on that ship, the Argo, when you were sent to subdue the fire-breathing bulls to the yoke and sow the deadly field. The dragon which surrounded the Golden Fleece, sleeplessly guarding it with his many-folded coils, I killed—I held up for you the light of safety. I personally betrayed my father and my house, when I came to Iolchos and the foot of Mount Pelion with you; I was more eager than wise. I killed Pelias; he died a most dreadful death, at the hands of his own daughters; I brought ruin on the whole house.