Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman's Song
This collection focuses on a woman's point of view in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems by women and poems about women to raise questions about how femininity is constructed. Although most medieval "woman's songs" are either anonymous or male-authored lyrics in a popular style, the term can usefully be expanded to cover poetry composed by women, and poetry that is aristocr...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 17th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2004)
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There was no musical notation at all. This was simply poetry. There was little to no discussion of the musical performance these women would have sung this music for. And much of the poetry was incomplete, at that. The author didn't draw out a clear set of terminology before introducing ideas, assuming we would know what these ideas/terms are. Some of the subject matter was just what I had hoped for, but the rest was insufficient for my research. And the Middle English, lacking in most of a tran...more