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Tannhäuser: Poet and Legend

With Texts and Translations of his Works

By J. W. Thomas

Tannhäuser: Poet and Legend

218 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5847-6
    Published: May 2020

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature

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To the medievalist, Tannhäuser is the author of ironical and highly original lyrical verse; to the folklorist, the subject of one of Germany's oldest ballads; to the musicologist, the composer of the only extant music for a Tanzleich and the hero of several operas.

J. W. Thomas examines the content and style of Tannhäuser's verse, discusses his sources and his influence on other medieval poets, and gives a history of the ballad material in which he appears. Also included is a diplomatic edition of Tannhäuser's poems, both verse translations of the poems and a version of the ballad, and an extensive bibliography.