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The Mays of Ventadorn (National Geographic Directions) (original 2002; edition 2002)

by W.S. Merwin

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Pulitzer-prize winning poet W.S. Merwin traces the origins of the troubadours in 12th century Provance as he relates his own experience as a frequent visitor to southern France in this striking memoir, for the National Geographic Directories series. W.S.Mervin, one of the century's great American poets, turns his lyrical eye to the legacy of the Troubadours of southern France. Merwin expertly tells the story of these medieval poets, artists whose songs have survived for centuries and have outlived the culture and even the language in which they were written. For Merwin, it is very personal exploration, as he shares with the reader his love of the French countryside and of the old fermhouse that became his home for decades. The rural society he sees as direct progeny of the almost mythical Troubadour culture serves as the story's romantic background.… (more)
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Title:The Mays of Ventadorn (National Geographic Directions)
Authors:W.S. Merwin
Info:Washington DC: National Geographic, (2002), Edition: First edition., Hardcover, 184 pages
Collections:Your library, Read 2012
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This is another of the National Geographic Directions series by the National Geographic Society. It is the eighth book in the series that I have read, and another great entry in the series.

I thought that this book would be about Italy because there was a beautiful picture of a Lute on the front cover. That just screamed Italian to me. However, this was not the case. This book is about 12th century troubadours. Specifically those in the southern part of France - the areas of Acquataine, Poitiers, Limousin, Dordagne, and Provence.

The author is a famous American poet. When he was very young he purchased a house in the Limousin area of France and spent part of each year there. He became an expert on the ancient local language that today is known as Occitan and began translating the works of Bernart de Ventadorn, one of the most famous of the troubadours who lived and worked in the court of Eleanor of Acquataine. The book is not so much about the place - Limousin, as it is a short history of the troubadours and the courts that supported their work. It was a very enjoyable book to read and made me even more curious about that area of France than I was before. I just have to visit there. I was disappointed to learn at the end of the book that the author now lives in Hawaii. I wonder why, when he could be living in the Limousin? ( )
  benitastrnad | Mar 18, 2018 |
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In the light between rains on a morning late in spring, the wooded hillsides, the squat stone farmhouses, the barnyards, and the tall, shell-grey, isolated ruins on the ridge appeared to be standing in a single shadow.
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Pulitzer-prize winning poet W.S. Merwin traces the origins of the troubadours in 12th century Provance as he relates his own experience as a frequent visitor to southern France in this striking memoir, for the National Geographic Directories series. W.S.Mervin, one of the century's great American poets, turns his lyrical eye to the legacy of the Troubadours of southern France. Merwin expertly tells the story of these medieval poets, artists whose songs have survived for centuries and have outlived the culture and even the language in which they were written. For Merwin, it is very personal exploration, as he shares with the reader his love of the French countryside and of the old fermhouse that became his home for decades. The rural society he sees as direct progeny of the almost mythical Troubadour culture serves as the story's romantic background.

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