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Middle High German, German Fairy Tales and Heinrich von Kleist
Journalism & Communication
Pages 16 (4016 words)
World Literature. Middle High German, German Fairy Tales and Heinrich von Kleist. Section 1. Epoch: The Middle High German Classicism. 1a The Minnelied belongs to the genre of Minnesang or love poetry and as the labels suggest, it revolves around the subject of love, and it was intended to be sung.
Repetition, often in well- structured stanza form, underlines the poet’s unswerving devotion. 1b The Minnelied is based on a poet/knight figure who reveres a high born lady from afar. There is usually very little exact definition of the social status and real life relationship between the two, because the Minnelied intended to depict love in an idealized fashion. The poet addresses the lady with an almost religious level of adoration, and he emphasizes her serene beauty and his abject devotion. This love is a hopeless kind of love, because there is always a reason why the poet cannot turn his words into reality. Usually the reason is that she is married, and so this means that secrecy is an essential theme. There is a lot of discussion of matters which are visual and tangible, although it is all presented in a stylized way. Although the poet is resigned to his fate, he is also persistent and faithful, never giving up on his hopeless love. This is a given, despite the indifference and even coldness of the lady in question. She cannot show any signs of giving in to the poet’s flattery and entreaties because this would be adultery and would result in her losing the status of a noble and admirable woman. Paradoxically, it is her unavailability that the poet treasures so much. ...
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