By Francis G. Gentry
During maybe twenty-five years of artistic productiveness (ca. 1180-ca. 1205), Hartmann von Aue authored a dispute approximately love among the physique and the guts, Die Klage (ca. 1180-85), quite a few songs of courtly love, crusading songs, and probably took half in a campaign himself. He composed the 1st German Arthurian romance, Erec (ca. 1185-90), according to Chr?tien's like-named paintings, and he -- it appears -- ended his literary occupation with a moment, Iwein (completed ca. 1205). extra, he's the author of 2 provocative religious-didactic works, Gregorius (ca. 1190--97), a story of double incest, repentance, and redemption, and Der arme Heinrich (also composed ca. 1190-97, yet after Gregorius, the account of a probably ideal nobleman who's bothered with leprosy after which eventually cured by way of a approach set into movement by way of a really younger peasant woman, whom he finally marries. No different medieval German poet treats such a rare breadth of subject matters with such artistry of expression. The essays during this quantity, written through students from North the USA and Europe, provide perception into many points of Hartmann's oeuvre, together with the medieval and sleek visible and literary reception of his works. the quantity additionally bargains issues of Hartmann and Chr?tien; Hartmann's putative theological historical past and the impression of the Bible on his stories; the mirrored image of his clinical wisdom in Der arme Heinrich and Iwein; and a whole survey of his lyric construction. more moderen avenues of study also are provided, with essays on problems with gender and at the position of soreness as a constitutive a part of the courtly event. it's was hoping that this quantity will turn out to be a stimulating better half not just for these conversant in Hartmann but in addition in the event you are only making the acquaintance of 1 of the best of medieval German poets.
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The nature of their relationship — was she his wife or lover? — as well as the fate of the man — has he died or merely gone away? — is not made clear. What remains certain are the admirable qualities of the lost beloved, his “triuwe” and “êre” (loyalty, honor; MF 217, 26), and the long pain that will follow the brief joy she had with him: “ich bin von liebe worden vrô: / sol ich der jâre werden alt, / daz giltet sich mit leide tûsentvalt” (Love once made me happy. 21 HARTMANN VON AUE AS LYRICIST 33 Crusade Songs V.
Although the lady would like to try to do justice to both of these conflicting interests, (MF 216, 14), her preference is clear from the first strophe, in which she observes that long winter nights are more bearable in the arms of one’s lover: “Sus wil ouch ich den winter lanc / mir kürzen âne vogelsanc. / sol ich des enbern, dêst âne mînen danc” (In this way [in the arms of my lover] I will shorten the long winter without the songs of birds. If I have to do without this, it will be unwillingly; MF 216, 5–7).
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A Companion to the Works of Hartmann von Aue (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture) by Francis G. Gentry