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By Anne L. Klinck

ISBN-10: 1403963096

ISBN-13: 9781403963093

ISBN-10: 1403979561

ISBN-13: 9781403979568

This assortment specializes in a woman's perspective in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems via ladies and poems approximately girls to elevate questions about how femininity is built. even if such a lot medieval "woman's songs" are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a well-liked type, the time period can usefully be elevated to hide poetry composed through ladies, and poetry that's aristocratic or realized instead of renowned. Poetry from old Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems is additionally incorporated right here. Readers will discover a variety of voices, frequently echoing comparable topics, as girls celebrate 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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Mortals . . to share in and to pray for ... ... remaining lines missing Meter: Sapphic stanza. 31—“I think he’s equal to the gods” The sight of a beloved girl sitting opposite a young man who is enjoying her attention fills Sappho with a crippling sense of her own passion. The poem has sometimes been read as a wedding song, but the overwhelming physical effect of the speaker’s passionate love and not the heterosexual relationship between girl and man are its main focus. Translated, with reference to his affair with “Lesbia,” in Poem 51 of Catullus.

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Notes 1. I prefer the singular “woman’s” rather than “women’s” as less likely to give the impression of female authorship. I have also taken the liberty of extending the concept of woman’s song, found mainly in discussions of medieval works, to classical poetry in order to include ancient antecedents of the medieval poems. See Rosenberg’s explanation of the term chanson de femme in Songs of the Troubadours and Trouvères; also Plummer’s Introduction to Vox Feminae (5–17), a collection of English-language essays on woman’s song.

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