By Anne L. Klinck (eds.)
This assortment specializes in a woman's standpoint in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems by way of ladies and poems approximately ladies to elevate questions on how femininity is built. even though 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 improved to hide poetry composed via ladies, and poetry that's aristocratic or realized instead of well known. Poetry from historical Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems can also be integrated the following. Readers will discover a diversity of voices, usually echoing comparable issues, as ladies 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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An Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman’s Song by Anne L. Klinck (eds.)