Lark in the Morning The Verses of the Troubadours

ISBN-10: 0226429334
ISBN-13: 9780226429335
Edition: 2005
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430

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.

With T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound was one of the two main influences on British and U.S. poetry between the two world wars. The collection of his Letters, 1907--1941 revealed the great erudition of this most controversial expatriate poet. Born in Idaho in 1885, Pound graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went abroad to live in 1908. His first book, A Lume Spento, a small collection of poems, was published in Venice in 1908. With the publication of Personae in London in 1909, he became the leader of the imagists abroad. Pound's writings have been subject to many foreign influences. First he imitated the troubadours; then he came under the influence of the Chinese and Japanese poets. The Cantos (1925--60), his major work, to which he added for many years, is a mixture of modern colloquial language and classical quotation. The Pisan Cantos (1948), written during his imprisonment in Italy, is more autobiographical. Pound's prose, as well as his poetry, has been extremely influential. The Spirit of Romance (1910) is a revision of his studies of little-known romance writers. ABC of Reading (1934) is an exposition of his critical method. His critical writings include Literary Essays of Ezra Pound (1954), Instigations (1920), and Guide to Kulchur (1938). Pound was a linguist, whom Eliot called "the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time." His greatest translating achievements from Japanese, Chinese, Anglo-Saxon, Italian, Provencal, and French are collected in The Translations of Ezra Pound (1933). Among his other writings are Make It New: Essays; Jefferson and/or Mussolini, a discussion of American democracy and capitalism and fascism; and The Classic Noh Theatre of Japan, with Ernest Fenollosa. Living in Italy, Pound felt that some of the practices of Mussolini were in accord with the doctrines of social credit, in which he had become interested in the 1920s and 1930s. He espoused some of the general applications of fascism and also was a strong advocate of anti-Semitism. During World War II, he broadcast a pro-Fascist series of programs addressed to the Allied troops on Italian radio. Indicted for treason and brought to the United States to stand trial in 1946, he was judged mentally incompetent to prepare a defense and was committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. in what is now considered less of a reflection on his sanity than on his politics. After a concerted appeal to the federal government by American poets, led by Robert Frost, Pound was at last released in 1958 and returned to Italy. Critics have recently begun to face squarely the connections between his fascism and his poetry; facts of his life and work continue to arouse mixed feelings. 030

Poet W. D. Snodgrass was born on January 5, 1926. After serving as a Navy typist during World War II, he received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa. With the publication of Heart's Needle (1959) a collection of confessional poetry that won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize, Snodgrass gained immediate fame as one of the best poets to come out of the 1950s. Snodgrass's later poetry is much less directly personal, as he learned to deal with some of the major historical events of his time. His wrote more than 30 books of poetry, criticism and translations including After Experience (1967) and The Fuehrer Bunker (1977). He taught at numerous colleges including Cornell University, Wayne State University and the University of Delaware. He died from lung cancer on January 13, 2009 at the age of 83.

Preface
Introduction
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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