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Truth of My Songs : Poems of the Trobairitz
by Claudia Keelan


Overview - Truth of My Songs is a translation of poems written by the women troubadours, known as trobairitz, whose poems disappeared after the Albigensian crusade of 1129. Together, the poems present a profound argument--for and against--the notion of fin' amor, the pure or fine notion of love, invented by their male counterparts.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Truth of My Songs is a translation of poems written by the women troubadours, known as trobairitz, whose poems disappeared after the Albigensian crusade of 1129. Together, the poems present a profound argument--for and against--the notion of fin' amor, the pure or fine notion of love, invented by their male counterparts. Tragic, raucous, vulgar, silly, and strange, the poems of the trobairitz prove that women's history has been recorded since the first woman raised her voice and lifted a pen.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781632430021
  • ISBN-10: 1632430029
  • Publisher: Omnidawn
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 136
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Books > Poetry > Women Authors
Books > Poetry > European - French

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Keelan (O, Heart) produces refreshing and contemporary renderings of the poems of the trobairitz, women troubadours in 12th-century Provence. These songs of love and those who thwarted the quest to achieve it are, according to Keelan, "believed to be the first sustained, cultural instance of woman’s writing." The trobairitz navigated claustrophobic restrictions caused by gender, audience, lauenziers (gossips or spies), repetitive poetic conventions, and the religious and cultural context of their lives. Yet despite this they burst forth with hilarious and heartbreaking poems of exquisite sophistication, inspired by what Keelan calls the "power within powerlessness." As she resculpts the work of the trobairitz, she draws on the movement and wordplay of hip-hop as well as the tragedy and twang of country music. With such wild variation, each piece retains its distinct voice, personality, and emotional timbre. In one song, an anonymous singer’s lament over laws restricting rich dress, Keelan reboots an age-old call for women’s rights to address a contemporary audience: "Ladies and Gentlemen,/ send word to the men who power,/ tell them our bodies/ aren’t to blame for the millennium/ of shame brought in every hour/ from the usual choir/ who degrades Our names." It’s a fitting tribute to forebears whose message remains potent today. (Apr.)

 
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