This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Courtly Love In Meg Bogin’s "The Women Troubadours"

1375 words - 6 pages

Maria de Ventadorn writes in a style common to the trobairitz of her time in the south of France. Meg Bogin’s collection The Women Troubadours will be used to outline general aspects of courtly love. This type of lyric is called a tenson, a common form of performed collaborative song with alternating stanzas (16). In the lyric, courtly love is presented as a game and Lady Maria’s interest is to win. This can be observed in the treatment of her counterpart and her ideas about courtship.
The tone of the poem is conversational and pert written in a plain, informal style. Neither voice uses a lot of poetic imagery in any of the verses and the language is considerably colloquial not employing metaphor and ambiguity in terms of the meaning. A question is posed as the introduction and the address is clear; Lady Maria implores Gui D’ussel to engage with her in this dialogue and confronts him with questions regarding the dynamic of lovers. The taunting tone of the dialogue is suggestive of a courting between the two, however, it is not explicit about the nature of the relationship as they do not, on any occasion specify the lady and man in question. The ambiguity that does exist revolves around the authors’ position in the text and whether or not they are debating about courtly love in particular or whether the generality of the “lady” and “man” in question are their potential selves.
Even though the speakers are identified as the authors, they can more accurately be described as characters based on themselves. We know that this type of lyric was most likely performed in front of an audience probably set to music. The public’s relationship to such work can be likened with dramatic performance of today such as a musical or a dance rather than most of the modern poetry we read in collections. The lyric can even be compared to the modern pop-song with the essential music video to accompany it. The most ubiquitous male pop star is paired with a female counterpart and the rest is created for them to stage but the audience often cannot resist the temptation of wanting to look at the performance as truthful and search the cover of gossip magazines for evidence of a “real life affair”. We often attribute Victorian prudishness to every era and culture before it. However, For an aristocratic, married woman like Lady Maria to be voicing considerably salacious things such as this speaks highly of her culture’s sense of humour.
In the first stanza, Lady Maria specifies “free” (6) love as a choice. This distinction is significant in consideration that free love is not the prevailing variety. A marriage is not the ideal kind of relationship and this is why courtly love is flirted with in this poem. It is a fantasy being carried out by the Lady Maria and Gui d’Ussel not merely for the amusement of the audience but the exhilaration of the possibility of such things happening in reality. Juxtaposed with the plain, expositional style, there is a...

Find Another Essay On Courtly Love in Meg Bogin’s "The Women Troubadours"

The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love

911 words - 4 pages in the combating of the two "schools" is that courtly love’s ideal of placing a woman on a pedestal does not meld well with the reality of medieval England. Women are, at this time, beaten, abused, discriminated against, and dishonored. The noble notions of courtly love are not apparent in the treatment of women. They are believed to be the only one’s capable of committing adultery. Men are expected to have sexual experience when they marry. Women

The Wife of Bath: Illustrating Courtly Love

942 words - 4 pages In the Middle Ages, when The Canterbury Tales was written, society became captivated by love and the thought of courtly and debonair love was the governing part of all relationships and commanded how love should be conducted. These principles changed literature completely and created a new genre dedicated to brave, valorous knights embarking on noble quests with the intention of some reward, whether that be their life, lover, or any other want

Courtly Love in The Knight’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale

1669 words - 7 pages barbaric elements (Pearmen 33). Later in the tale, Chaucer begins to address social issues more directly. He begins to connect the idea of Hippolita’s assege to marriage. By connecting the asseger and the asseged to the conqueror and the conquered, Chaucer connects conquest with marriage, therefore, implying that the idea of courtly love undermines the power of women (34). While The Knight’s Tale is dark and some scholars do not classify it as a

English extention speech on courtly love out with the old in with the new

596 words - 2 pages Out with the old. And in with the new. This well known statement which in this context is stating that the old conventions have no meaning for contemporary composers or audiences, is completely falseToday through the analysis of my movie "Dead Poets Society" I will attempt to show that the conventions of courtly love have evolved and are still evident in today's society. Firstly Courtly love is described as love derived from the sight of and

Courtly Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

1365 words - 5 pages Courtly Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the Elizabethan era men would go to all extremes to show women how much they loved them. This was called Courtly love. Around this time, men were expected to declare their love for a woman like this, and the women enjoyed the men telling them how beautiful they were. Men who wished for a woman to love them back would carry on wooing their mistresses until

Courtly Love as an Ennobler in Romantic Literature

1684 words - 7 pages many variations, Lancelot portrays this transition from the extravagant, noble, knight to an ideal character in the tale. Lancelot depicts what is ideal for what a woman would want, and this in turn does ennoble him. Lancelot is ennobled by courtly love, but unintentionally. By placing himself above rumor and concern for his reputation, he emerges as a modern ennobled knight even though his love generates embarrassing consequences superficially

Annie On My Mind And The Tradition Of Courtly Love

632 words - 3 pages At first glance, Nancy Garden’s Annie On My Mind appears to be an unconventional romance. The setting in New York City and the queer relationship between the two main characters Annie and Liza, indicate that this story bucks the traditional conventions of romantic literature. However, the book adheres to the tradition of courtly love—a trope of classic romantic literature. In chapter five Annie and Liza role-play a knight and damsel during a

Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" as a Parody of Courtly Love

672 words - 3 pages physical fruition; it is more holy than that. Her, as well as my, marriage is beneath our love, our love of admiration and complete devotion. She will swoon for me as I shall fight for her, and our spirits are forever intertwined. Physical love and lusty temptation are too worldly for us.These would be the thoughts of any proper knight toward his lady. "The Miller's Tale" is a satire of courtly love and its actuality in times contemporary the

Title: "Medieval Life Illuminated." This essay analyzes the the Miller's Tale in the Canterbury Tales which reveals medieval attitudes about class and courtly love

1245 words - 5 pages that carpenters are easily beguiled, which is a stab at a fellow pilgrim in The Canterbury Tales. Also Chaucer is noting how the reality of marriage and affairs; in "The Knight's Tale" the Knight speaks only of romance and chivalry. The Miller, on the other hand, is noting the lower class' approach to love, telling the story of an old carpenter who has a much younger wife who is easily seduced by the scholar. Chaucer's blunt approach to this

Women In Love

1676 words - 7 pages of the constant ambivalence he creates through the characters in his novels. The pieces always fall short in Lawrence’s world, and in the end a marriage may potentially occur, but are the characters truly in bliss? I enjoy that Lawrence lets his readers decide his characters ending, but it does not assure “a perfect relationship.” Although, the name of novel is Women in Love, I agree with Professor Berman that a more suited name should be Men

Leadership style: Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay one of the richest female CEOs in the world

3792 words - 15 pages a new kind of corporate leader, one who, like Whitman, keeps a steady hand on the tiller rather than gripping and pulling hard on the levers of power. Her mission is to understand the wants, needs, strengths and weaknesses of congregants in an effort to grow the flock. Women such as Meg Whitman of eBay succeed because they embody seven uniquely female abilities: they can sell their visions; they are not afraid to reinvent the rules; they are

Similar Essays

Meg Bogin's The Women Troubadours Essay

3048 words - 12 pages Meg Bogin's The Women Troubadours What is Bieiris de Romans’ speaker seeking from the woman, Maria, about whom Bieiris writes? More generally, what are female troubadours as a whole seeking from their loves, and their craft? Meg Bogin, in her The Women Troubadours, asserts that “their poems were addressed to women… to whom they vowed eternal homage and obedience. In exchange for their prostration, the troubadours expected to be ennobled

Women´S Role In Society In Antigone, Aeneid, And The Art Of Courtly Love

1272 words - 5 pages , more roles within the church became available to women. Women were given opportunities to escape child bearing, acquire literacy and learning and play a more active religious role in society. From my point of view Catherine did not rebel against the laws of society. She just grabbed the opportunities that came her way and showed the world that women can also be good rulers. In The Art of Courtly Love written by Andreas Capellanus and in The Lais

Effects Of Courtly Love On Medieval Women

1514 words - 6 pages This is an essay for my Women's History in Medieval Europe sophomore-level course. It discusses the effect of troubadours and courtly love practices on women of the High Middle Ages. Women were both empowered by these practices and also were made vulnerable.References to texts used in the course are made in parantheticals- not necessary to understanding the essay.Love overcomes both great and small,Love rules, for Love is lord of all."Fealty to

Courtly Love In Troilus And Criseyde

3885 words - 16 pages majority of the text, Criseyde fits the description of the typical female courtly lover.   Criseyde and other women in courtly love romances are highly admired by readers of medieval literature.  How is it that these distant, unattainable women are so attractive to the audience of these works during medieval times?  Although England is a Catholic nation, the religious roots of England are pagan, matriarchal, and centered around an ever