Walther von der Vogelweide

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Walther von der Vogelweide

(väl`tər fən dĕr fō`gəlvī'də), c.1170–c.1230, German minnesinger of noble birth, probably the finest lyric poet of medieval Germany. He wandered from court to court singing songs for which he wrote both words and music. In addition he was noted for his Sprüche, or maxims, which were frequently political.
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Walther Von Der Vogelweide


Born circa 1170, in the southern Tyrol; died circa 1230, near Würzburg. Austro-German minnesinger.

A representative of the courtly chivalrous tradition of poetry, Walther wrote love lyrics and political songs. His satiric epigrams were directed against the papacy and feudal internecine wars. He was the first to sing of love for a peasant girl in a chivalrous lyric. Walther’s poetry is distinguished by its similarity to the folk song.


Lieder und Sprüche. Leipzig, 1957. In Russian translation in Khrestomatiia po zarubezhnoi literature: Literatura srednikh vekov. Compiled by B. I. Purishev and R. O. Shor. Moscow, 1953.


Ivanov, K. A. Trubadury, truvery i minnezingery, 2nd ed. Petrograd, 1915.
Hunger, J. Walther von der Vogelweide: Minnesänger und politi-scher Dichter. Berlin, 1955.
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In his survey of approaches to Walther von der Vogelweide's most celebrated love-lyric, Manfred Gunter Scholz calls for a moratorium: 'Es gibt Gedichte, die eine Ruhepause verdient hatten, damit sie nicht tot interpretiert werden, "Wanderers Nachtlied" etwa oder dieses Lindenlied Walthers.' (1) Scholz's concise survey of recent scholarship has the merit of refocusing attention upon the line of the lyric that has attracted most deliberation, not least because it proved central to the ill-fated 'wip-frowe-Diskussion', the controversy concerning the 'Madchenlied' which had its base in the equation of the maget in Walther's lyrics with the puella in the Latin pastourelle.
In the momentous year 1827, he completed his editions of Walther von der Vogelweide and of Hartmann von Aue's Iwein (the latter with G.
(1) Walther von der Vogelweide, Sammlung Metzler, 316 (Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999), p.
128; Ingrid Bennewitz, '"vrouwe/maget": Uberlegungen zur Interpretation der sogenannten Madchenlieder im Kontext von Walthers Minnesang-Konzeption', in Walther von der Vogelweide: Beitrage zu Leben und Werk, ed.
(3) Texts are quoted from Walther von der Vogelweide: Leich, Lieder, Sangspruche, 14th revision of the edition of Karl Lachmann, ed.
He also knew the court of the Landgrave Hermann I of Thuringia, where he met the great medieval lyric poet Walther von der Vogelweide.
From here on, the rest of this first section is devoted to Walther von der Vogelweide. Mark Chinca illustrates editorial arbitrariness from the example of L.69, 1, about which, it seems, no two editors are agreed, either on how many stanzas the poem has, or in what order to print them.
199), which it also is, he ignores that for Walther von der Vogelweide (20, 4-5) the court was a 'Schallraum'.