Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours, a Bilingual Edition

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Robert Kehew
University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 2005 - Poetry - 343 pages
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Although the troubadours flourished at the height of the Middle Ages in southern France, their songs of romantic love, with pleasing melodies and intricate stanzaic patterns, have inspired poets and song writers ever since, from Dante to Chaucer, from Renaissance sonneteers to the Romantics, and from Verlaine and Rimbaud to modern rock lyricists. Yet despite the incontrovertible influence of the troubadours on the development of both poetry and music in the West, there existed no comprehensive anthology of troubadour lyrics that respected the verse form of the originals until now.

Lark in the Morning honors the meter, word play, punning, and sound effects in the troubadours' works while celebrating the often playful, bawdy, and biting nature of the material. Here, Robert Kehew augments his own verse translations with those of two seminal twentieth-century poets—Ezra Pound and W. D. Snodgrass—to provide a collection that captures both the poetic pyrotechnics of the original verse and the astonishing variety of troubadour voices. This bilingual edition contains an introduction to the three major periods of the troubadours—their beginning, rise, and decline—as well as headnotes that briefly put each poet in context. Lark in the Morning will become an essential collection for those interested in learning about and teaching the origins of Western vernacular poetry.
  

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Review: Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours, a Bilingual Edition

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WOnderful introduction to the troubadours. THe bilinugal format provides a sense of the original form ,diction and syntax so that one can see how different translators have dealt with the task of ... Read full review

Review: Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours, a Bilingual Edition

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Thus far a very approachable scholarly text on the formation of romantic poetry in the Middle Ages. Thoroughly enjoyable. Read full review

Contents

dawn of a new
19
Cercamon
34
Jaufre Rudel
60
Peire dAlvernhe
100
Raimbaut dAurenga
114
Guiraut de Bornelh
124
Peire Bremon lo Tort
132
Bertran de Born
138
Arnaut Daniel
192
Arnaut de Marueill
222
Gaucelm Faidit
230
Peire Vidal
236
Peirol
244
Raimbaut de Vaqueiras
250
Guillem de Cabestanh
256
destruction of the southern courts
263

Comtessa de
168
Maria de Ventadorn and Gui dUssel
176
Monge de Montaudon
182
Peire Cardenal
270
Guillem Figueira
286
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Robert Kehew is an independent scholar, translator, and troubadour enthusiast.


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