By Anne L. Klinck (eds.)

This assortment makes a speciality of a woman's viewpoint in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems through girls and poems approximately girls to elevate questions on how femininity is built. even though so much medieval 'woman's songs' are both nameless or male-authored lyrics in a well-liked type, the time period can usefully be accelerated to hide poetry composed by way of girls, and poetry that's aristocratic or discovered instead of well known. Poetry from historic Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems is additionally integrated right here. Readers will discover a variety of voices, frequently echoing related 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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AστυμNλοισα κατn στρατ ν . . μNλημα δbμH . . -μαν Qλο σα . . -λNγω. . εναβαλ’ α γnρ hργυριν . . -gα . . -α δοιμ’ α πω με . . -ο φgλοι eσσον ο σ’ rπαλd χηρ λbβοι, αfψb κ’Rγqν κNτι κxνα γενοgμαν. All along the host, Astymeloisa, the darling of the people, . . taking ... for if . . throw silver. I would see if somehow she might love me, if coming close to me she’d take my tender hand; I’d be her suppliant straightaway. ν ν δ’ . . -δα παgδα βαθjφρονα παιδι . . μ’ Oχοισαν . . -ν r παg .

R παg . . χbριν. ] a deep-counselled girl, having . . ] me. . This girl . . grace ... C. Meter: Nine-line stanza. Lines 1, 7, 8 dactylic; 2, 3, 4 trochaic; 5, 9 aeolic (choriambic). ” The poem evokes the epiphany of the goddess, who materializes, smiles, and speaks words of power. 5 10 15 Ποικιλ θρον’ iθανbτ’ ’Aφρ διτα, πα Δgο δολ πλοκε, λgσσομαg σε, μx μ’ hσαισι μηδ’ νgαισι δbμνα, π τνια, θ μον, Immortal Aphrodite of the exquisite throne, wile-weaving child of Zeus, to you I pray. Don’t subdue with pains and torments, lady, my heart.

Yet, you have done some good, for when I’ve said my say I will feel better, and you will suffer hearing it. 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.

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