Lays of the Minnesingers or German Troubadours of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

Lays of the Minnesingers or German Troubadours of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: the excess of refinement on "passages of love" more apparent than in their tensons. In these, the Germans have the credit of being peculiarly deficient. The "Battle of Wartburg," almost the only German piece that has any similitude to the tenson, is a tournament in song, conducted (or represented to have been conducted) before the Thuringian court by Wolfram of Eschenbach, Walther Vogelweide, Reinmar the elder, Henry of Rispachorthe virtuous clerk, Henry of Ofterdingen, and Klingesor of Ungerland; but the subjects of discussion between these worthies have nothing in common with those which interested the Provencaux. The German songs, moreover, are less metaphysical and spiritualized. The scholastic subtleties and casuistries, which the Italians inherited from the Troubadours, very seldom form any feature of the Northern poetry. In this respect, it may be ruder, but it undoubtedly breathes more of feeling, more of love for the beautiful in nature, and more of joy in her perfections. Similar ideas, undoubtedly, often adorn the songs of the Troubadours, but they are generally introduced merely in a sort of proem, unconnected with the rest of the subject, and from which the poet speedily plunges into a more artificial strain. There are very few, if any, instances among them of entire songs of joy, floating on in buoyancy of spirit, and glowing with general delight in natural objects, in the bursting promise of spring, or the luxuriant profusion of summer, like some of those which will be selected from the works of the Minnesingers. On the other hand, the Provencal poets are much more classical in their illustrations. Such images as the following are of very frequent recurrence.--The moth and the candle, in Folquet de Marseille: more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561651
  • 9781236561657