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Anonimo, “Ab lo cor trist, envirollat d’esmay” (BdT 461.2)

Author(s): Oriana Scarpati

Journal: Lecturae Tropatorum
ISSN 1974-4374

Volume: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Ab lo cor trist | envirollat d’esmay | Troubadours | Old Occitan | Textual criticism | Interpretation

The article provides a commentary and a new critical edition of the anonymous Catalan poem “Ab lo cor trist, envirollat d’esmay”, a lament composed around the second half of the 14th century (even though the presence of lyrical and Italian caesuras might lead to advance the dating). This poem, composed in a female voice for the death of a lover, makes use, though with some interesting variations, of all the major topoi typical of the Occitan 'planh'. The analysis focuses on two controversial verses (19-20) for which a new interpretation is proposed.
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