By Albrecht Classen
Even if there have been a couple of notable girls writers of the past due center a while, it was once no longer inspiration that girls composed lyric poetry. Albrecht Classen's cautious research of archival fabric, even though, proves this to be a false impression, and during this quantity he offers a range of secular love songs and non secular hymns composed via 15th- and sixteenth-century German ladies poets, the following translated for the 1st time, in response to his two-volume variation within the unique language. many ladies appear to have left their works anonymously, or concealed their names of their texts utilizing acrostics; in those and different situations, using acceptable learn instruments, Classen has pointed out a substantial corpus of women's poetry which now gives you to fill the space formerly imagined to exist within the historical past of medieval and early-modern German women's poetry.
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He will woo me In passionate love! Him I will favor strongly. 4. I am not so old To forgo The bloom of all happiness. A well of perfect loyalty Quells up in me. I want to give my loyal love Without any hesitation To another man And present him with honest happiness. 5. Sorrow, be gone, Happiness will replace it! My heart, as I hope, I will give to another man Who is more deserving. He is a man Who can protect me from sorrow. All my sadness, go away on vacation! Thanks to the new love! V. Selections taken from the Züricher Liederbuch and the Berner Liederbuch Many, if not most, late-medieval songbooks were the result of a systematic collection of previously published (manuscript or printed) songs (see the Liederbuch by Clara Hätzlerin), although the role of oral transmission should not be discarded entirely.
I do not care about riches or great wealth, The students please me much more, No one will turn my mind away From this honorable fraternity That is considered with great respect everywhere, In all countries and all cities. 5. I have never given my love To those who work in the field of trade or who are alcoholics, And those who have not learned anything. [My lover] must be an independent student, To whom I will entrust my honor, As he has studied at the university. 6. 2 No one is more beautiful than they, This reputation no one can take away from them.
I found him in the roses. 15 3. ” She did not think for long about it 15 For clarity’s sake lines 5–10 had to be rearranged in the translation. The poet tends to switch tenses, which I have tried to unify according to the logical development of thoughts. ’ LGWP-Secular Songs 5/22/04 11:29 AM Page 36 36 Late-Medieval German Women’s Poetry And kissed him on his lips,16 When I must leave him My heart will feel much pain, If I cannot gain your love, I will die from [emotional] suffering, Though I will not feel [physical] pain.
Late-Medieval German Women's Poetry: Secular and Religious Songs (Library of Medieval Women) by Albrecht Classen