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Courtly Love is the set of ideas and rules about love Troubadour poets promoted the idea that the true love only exists outside marriage The Courtly Love relationship is not between husband and wife It is interesting that in contrast to earlier literature true love may be idealized and spiritual and may exist without ever being physically consummated It is kind of protective relationship so that no blame shoud touch her Bernart de Ventadorn Poem 24 32 In contrast to Beowulf or Iliad this culture nobilities women the idea that a man becomes the servant of the lady he loves Bernart de Ventadorn I shall be her man and her lover and her servant Indeed woman plays an increasingly important and active role Women are in complete control of the love relationship while man owes her loyalty obedience and submission This is totally new idea about womans position in the society An omnipotent female have full domination over a subject male who is expected to go to any length to prove his worthiness to her to make any sacrifice she reqired of him We can notice totally devotion to the woman I belong to her from my foot to the top of my head Daniel The Art of Love Even though the love is not consummated and even though the lady does not know about the mans love or does not return his love the Courtly Love is considered as an ennobling force Love always repairs to the noble heart Nor was love made before the noble heart Nor did nature before heart make love Guido Guinizzelli Love and Nobility The tone of the lyrics is usually pathetic The poets use hyperbole Bernard de Ventadorn Poem 24 5-8 Bertran de born The Praise of War 11-20 to express their exaggeration and state of their feelings Metaphor for fire and burning is recurring motive in this lyrics It
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