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Dante and the Lyric Past

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227037
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0002
Dante and the Lyric Past

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Dante is heir to a complex and lively Italian lyric tradition that had its roots in the Provencal poetry nourished by the rivalling courts of twelfth-century southern France. The conventions of troubadour love poetry—based on the notion of the lover's feudal service to “midons” (Italian, Madonna), his lady, from whom he expects a “guerdon” (Italian, guiderdone), or reward—were successfully transplanted to the court of Frederick II in Palermo. Palermo became the capital of the first group of Italian vernacular lyric poets, the so-called Sicilian School; the centralized imperial court did not offer a suitable venue for the transplantation of Provence's contentious political poetry, which was left behind.

Keywords: love poetry; Sicilian School; guerdon; Dante; midons; Palermo; lyric poets

Chapter.  9622 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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