By Anne L. Klinck (eds.)
This assortment specializes in a woman's perspective in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems via girls and poems approximately ladies to elevate questions on how femininity is developed. even if such a lot medieval 'woman's songs' are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a favored variety, the time period can usefully be improved to hide poetry composed via ladies, and poetry that's aristocratic or realized instead of renowned. Poetry from old Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems can be incorporated right here. Readers will discover a variety of voices, usually echoing comparable subject matters, as ladies have a good time 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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May Leto, nurse of the young, grant to you fine children, and Aphrodite of Cyprus reciprocated love, and Zeus son of Cronos unfading prosperity, that will pass from noble parents to noble children. Sleep on each other’s breast, breathing love and desire. But remember to wake at dawn. We too shall come at daybreak, when the first songster summons us from bed, as he lifts his feathery neck to crow. Oh Hymen, Wedding God, may you rejoice in this wedding. Provenance: Theocritus lived ca. 300–ca. C.
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. Chapter 1 Ancient Greece Most of the poetry in this collection reflects heterosexual love, but in some of the earliest pieces, by Alcman and Sappho, the feeling is homoerotic. That Sappho was a “lesbian” is well known, but just what that means continues to be debated. Some, but not all, scholars relate her milieu to that evoked by the ancient girlchoruses, such as the one that speaks in Alcman 26.
Iνθρωπ- . . πεδNχην δ’ hρασθαι ... But it’s not possible for it to be . . 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.
An Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman’s Song by Anne L. Klinck (eds.)