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Parrots and Nightingales

Troubadour Quotations and the Development of European Poetry
by Sarah Kay
Univ of Pennsylvania Pr

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Pub Date: 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 461 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9780812245257
TB Code: 1808157
Availability: 249 in stock

The love songs of Occitan troubadours inspired a rich body of courtly lyric by poets working in neighboring languages. For Sarah Kay, these poets were nightingales, composing verse that is recognizable yet original. But troubadour poetry also circulated across Europe in a form that is less well known but was more transformative. Writers outside Occitania quoted troubadour songs word for word in their original language, then commented upon these excerpts as linguistic or poetic examples, as guides to conduct, and even as sources of theological insight. If troubadours and their poetic imitators were nightingales, these quotation artists were parrots, and their practices of excerption and repetition brought about changes in poetic subjectivity that would deeply affect the European canon.