Bertran de Born

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Bertran de Born


Born circa 1140, in Born-de-Salignac, Limousin; died circa 1215, at the Dalon Monastery in Dordogne. Troubadour from Provence.

Bertran de Born participated in the internecine wars. At the end of his life he became a monk. Up to 45 of his verses are extant. The poet’s fame is due to his sirventés (verses of a polemical nature) which celebrate martial exploits and feudal disorders and glorify the cult of the fist and the sword. The legendary personality of Bertran de Born has attracted the attention of many writers.


Poésies complètes. Edited by A. Thomas. Toulouse, 1888.
Die Lieder. Newly published by C. Appel. Halle, 1932.
In Russian translation:
Khrestomatiia po zarubezhnoi literature: Literatura srednikh vekov. Compiled by B. I. Purishev and R. O. Shor. Moscow, 1953. Pages 132, 143.


Istoriia frantsuzskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1946. Pages 90–91.
Strónski, St. La Légende amoureuse de Bertran de Born. Paris, 1914.
Appel, C. Bertran von Born. Halle, 1931.
Winkler, E. Studien zur politischen Dichtung der Romanen: 1. Das altprovenzialische Sirventés. Berlin, 1941.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Mas so elas parecem ter merecido a sua atencao, num pequeno mar de referencias masculinas: Homero, Li T'ai Po, Catulo, Ovidio, Guillaume de Poictiers, Bertran de Born, Bernard de Ventadour, Arnaut Daniel, Guido Cavalcanti, Dante Alighieri, Francois Villon, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Mark Alexander Boyd, Robert Herrick, Lord Rochester, Walter Savage Landor, Robert Browning, Edward Fitzgerald, Tristan Corbiere, Arthur Rimbaud, Jules Laforgue, entre outros (2003: 161-218).
In Bertran de Born's canso that prominently features eating and the material luxury of the east, crystal cultivates an erotic appetite despite being an image of chaste courtly admiration.
Scholars of Occitan lyric have shown that the troubadours developed exquisitely subtle forms of citation, particularly in the genre of the sirventes, which came to maturity in the work of Bertran de Born (ca.
The heart rules justly; the mind leads to tyranny and treachery, as Dante exemplifies in the image of Bertran de Born from Inferno XXVIII.
In seguito, il riferimento e alla guerra civile che ispira numerosi quadri storici nella Commedia (73-83), fra cui lo studioso esamina soprattutto l'incontro fra il poeta e Bertran de Born nel canto XXVIII dell'Inferno (79-83).
The troubadour Bertran de Born presents himself in several songs in ways that modern readers find reprehensible and even repugnant.
His spiritual resources include Christianity with its liturgical seasons, deism (Monticello looms nearby), Chinese Buddhism, mythology, and all sorts of literature - a scholia-poem called "The Lives of the Saints" quotes Raleigh, Stein, Stevens, Dante, Bertran de Born, and Robert Graves.
For a petty feudal lord like the troubadour Bertran de Born (c.1140-c.1215), no pleasurable activity could compare with fighting.
For all its breathtaking scope, Dante's Vision and the Circle of Knowledge still takes enormous power from sharp readings of particular texts, like the Inferno's canto of Bertran de Born where "God's justice is poetic justice" (79), the Purgatorio's dream of the siren where vision is privileged "because it is never partitioned" (152), and Paradiso's heaven of the contemplatives where "poetry is the source of vision" (166).