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Medieval poetry

The most literary genre in the literature of the middle ages was certainly the poetry. The poetry of this period was religious, drawing an episodes in the life of Christ and in the life of Vergin Mary and, secular. The secular poetry mostly consisted of love lyrics. These were influenced by minstrels or troubadours of southern France and, reflected a special code known as “Courtly love”, based on a set of convention which defined the relationship between the lady and her lover, both belonged to the upper class or mobility. The relationship generally developed outside marriage , since the later this time was normally a contract having little or nothing to do with love together with courtly love lyrics we find in the poetry of this periods “the ballads”, composed for illiterate public by unlettered authors.

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