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Here's another selection from Moses ibn Ezra, notable for it's sexually frank imagery and the "Love gone wrong" theme, in which it reminds me of the Blues music of my native Mississippi.
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Jalal ad-Din Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi master. I visited the monastery of his followers, the Mevlevi or Whirling Dervishes, while I lived in Istanbul. His poetry combines the sensual with the spiritual and he always knows when to hold back and when to give in.
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Judah Halevi (or Yehuda Halevi) was another Jewish poet, and a close friend of Moses ibn Ezra. He was well-traveled and well-educated, and a master of secular and religious poetry.
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Moses ibn Ezra was a masterful Jewish poet who wrote in 11th century Spain. A scion of a brilliant and talented family, he was a philosopher, a poet, and a linguist.
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Bertran is another of my favorite troubadours: man's man, warrior-poet, a lover and a fighter. This is one of my favorite songs: cultivated, witty, with a touch of humor and a touch of anguish.
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Sila is one of the numerous magnificent female poets to write in Sanskrit. Little is known about her, but she lived in India during the period c. 700-1050.
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Bernart de Ventadorn is one of my personal favorite troubadours; his verses are sincere, sweet, and clean. He was one of the troubadours who paid court to Eleanor of Aquitaine, and several of his songs have surviving music. This poem was translated by Ezra Pound.
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This one here is a classic by William IX, Duke of Aquitaine, grandfather of the legendary Eleanor, and one of the first troubadours.
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The Countess of Dia was one of the female troubadours, or trobairitz of Southern France. Little is known of her except that she was the wife of a William of Poitou and that she was in love with the troubadour Raimbaut d'Aurenga and composed her songs for him.
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I intend to make periodic posts sharing some of the sensual or erotic love poetry of the medieval world. Here's a selection from a Hiberno-Arab poet named Ibn Ubda, who wrote about 1100 at the court of al-Mutasim of Almeria.
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