Sayre posits that the vocabulary associated with romantic love, as it is known
today, came into being during the Medieval Period. The troubadour or trobairitz,
accompanied by lyre or lute, would recite poems about the feelings associated
with this type of love.
Discuss the common characteristics of these
poems. What are your reactions to these expressions romantic love? Does the
content of the poetry surprise you in any way? What observations and connections
can you make about the role of women of the court and their freedom of
expression can be made after reading the work of Contessa de Dia (Sayre, Reading
5.5, pp. 166-167)?