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Lark in the Morning : The Verses of the Troubadours - Robert Kehew

Lark in the Morning

The Verses of the Troubadours

By: Robert Kehew (Editor, Translator), Ezra Pound (Translator), W. D. Snodgrass (Translator)

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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.

"Kehew is quite correct in recognizing the need to convey what troubadour poetry was like as a lyric, as poetry. What's available in English and French by way of anthologies of the troubadours tends to be prose translations, whose pretension to linguistic accuracy can hardly compensate for their clunky renditions. In Lark in the Morning, we have an anthology of the troubadours translated into English verse that indeed does convey the poetic achievement of this crucial group of poets." - Stephen G. Nichols, The Johns Hopkins University"

Dawn of a New Age
Guillem de Peiteus Ab la dolchor del temps novel
A New Song for New Days Farai un vers de dreyt nien
The Nothing Song Farai un vers, pos mi somelh
The Ladies with the Cat
Cercamon Quant l'aura doussa s'amarzis
When the Sweet Air Goes Bitter
Marcabru A la fontana del vergier
By the Bank L'autrier jost' una sebissa
The Peasant Lassie Pax in nomine Domini!
The Cleansing Place
Jaufre Rudel Lanquan li jorn
A Love Afar Quan lo rossinhol el fulhos
The Nightingale
Zenith of the Troubadours
Bernart de Ventadorn Can vei la lauzeta mover
The Skylark Can l'erba fresch'
When Tender Grass and Leaves Appear Pois preyatz me, senhor
You've Asked, My Lords, for Song Lancan vei la folha
Now the Birds Are Leaving Be m'an perdut lai enves Ventadorn
Farewell to Ventadorn Non es meravelha s'eu chan
No Marvel If My Song's the Best
Peire d'Alvernhe Rossinhol, el seu repaire
Nightengale, for Me Take Flight Deiosta ls breus iorns e ls loncs sers
When Days Grow Short and Night Advances
Raimbaut d'Aurenga Er resplan la flors enversa
Splendid Are the Flowers Reversed Escotatz, mas no say que s'es
Beg Pardon, Lords
Guiraut de Bornelh Reis glorios
Day's Glorious Lord Can lo freitz e l glatz e la neus
When the Ice and Cold and Snow Retreat
Peire Bremon lo Tort En abril, quan vey verdeyar
From Syria
Bertran de Born Be m platz lo gais temps de pascor
A War Song Un sirventes on motz no falh
Quarrels Where Words Don't Miss Fire Domna, puois de me no us chal
Lady, Since You Care Nothing for Me Ieu m'escondisc, domna, que mal no mier
He Protests His Innocence to a Lady Belh m'es, quan vey camjar lo senhoratge
The Secret to Staying Young Si tuit li dol e il plor e il marrimen
Planh for the Young English King
Comtessa de Dia Estat ai en greu cossirier
Cruel Are the Pains I've Suffered A chantar m'er de so q'ieu no volria
I'm Forced to Sing
Maria de Ventadorn and Gui d'Ussel Gui d'Ussel be m pesa de vos
When a Lady Loves
Monge de Montaudon Mout me platz deportz e gaieza
What I Like Be m'enueia, s'o auzes dire
What I Don't Like
Arnaut Daniel Chansson do il mot son plan e prim
I'll Make a Song Autet e bas entrels prims fuoills
Now High and Low, Where Leaves Renew Doutz brais e critz
Sweet Cries and Cracks Can chai la fueilla
When Sere Leaf Falleth L'aura amara
The Bitter Air En cest sonet coind'e leri
Canzon: Of the Trades and Love
Arnaut de Marueill Si m destreignetz, dompna, vos et Amors
Lady, by You and Love I Am So Swayed Belh m'es quan lo vens m'alena
Fair Is It to Me
Gaucelm Faidit Del gran golfe de mar
From the Depths of the Sea
Peire Vidal Pos tornatz sui en Proensa
To Provence I Can Return Now Ab l'alen tir vas me l'aire
The Song of Breath
Peirol Atressi co l signes fai
Even as the Swan
Raimbaut de Vaqueiras Kalenda maya
May Day
Guillem de Cabestanh Lo jorn qu'ie us vi, dompna, primeiramen
That Day, My Lady, When I First Discovered That You Exist
Destruction of the Southern Courts Folquet de Marseilla Tant m'abellis l'amoros pessamens
So Pleasureth Me the Amorous Thought
Peire Cardenal Una ciutatz fo, no sai cals
There Was a Town Ar me puesc ieu lauzar d'Amor
I Dare to Claim, Now, Love Cannot Un sirventes novel vueill comensar
A New Protest Song
Guillem Figueira D'un sirventes far en est son que m'agenssa
Rome, Where Goodness Declines
Sordel Planher vuelh En Blacatz en aquest leugier so
I Want to Mourn Blacatz
Guillelma de Rosers and Lanfranc Cigala Na Guillelma, maunt cavalier arratge
Which of the Two Behaved Most Fitting
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ISBN: 9780226429328
ISBN-10: 0226429326
Series: Prehistoric Archeology and Ecology Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English , French
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 15th September 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.69