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Elfin Knight

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lorenzo battistini

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of Elfin Knight

Elfin Knight
The medieval ballad tells a drammatic story not as a continuous sequence of events, but as a series of rapid flashes. Popular ballads are a mixture of dialogue and narration and they are impersonal. In fact ballad narrators do not speak in the first person. The traditional ballad consisted of four lines, usually rhyming ABCB or in couplets with an alternating refrain. The ballad language is simple and its universe is peopled with speaking animals and magical creatures.
Ballads can be classified according to there themes:
Backgrounds
Historical and political background
After the Norman conquest, a new feudal aristocracy was established. It was based in lands both in France and England. There was much civil unrest as the monarch and the barons fought for domination. Similarly the kings and popes struggled for power. In 1348 the bubonic plague known as the Black Death started spreading all over England.
Socio-cultural background
cabbia
Features of the
medieval ballad

Ballads of magic, about fairies, ghosts, witchcraft and transformation.
Border ballads about the rivalry between the English and Scottish people.
Ballads of love and domestic tragedy.
Ballads of outlaws, with the cycle of Robin Hood.
Elfin knight
Can you make me a cambrick shi
rt
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
Without any seam or needle wo
rk
?
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

Can you wash it in yonder w
ell
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
Where never sprung water nor rain ever f
ell
?
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

Can you dry it on yonder th
orn
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
Which never
b
ore
b
lossom since Adam was
b
orn
?
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

Now you have asked me questions thr
ee
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
I hope you'll answer as many for
me
.
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

Can you find me an acre of l
and
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
Between the
s
alt water and the
s
ea
s
and
?
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

'Can you plow it with a ram's h
orn
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
And sow it all over with one pepper c
orn
?
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

'Can you reap it with a sickle of lea
ther
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
And bind it up with a peacock's fea
ther
?
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.

'When you have done, and finished your w
ork
,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and th
yme
,
Then come to me for your cambrick sh
irt
.'
And you shall be a true lover of m
ine
.
This is a ballad of magic. Its origins are in Celtic folklore and spring fertility ceremonies. The Elfin knight is a supernatural masculine creature, wanting to seduce young women. In this ballad, the young woman apparently does not want a casual lover, but a husband, a "true lover".
Summary
: in this ballad the Elfin knight asks the girl to make him a white and thin shirt then to wash it and dry it. The girl gives him some tasks that he has to do in order to have the white and thin shirt. In that way they will be true lovers.
After the Norman conquest the language absorbed the French and Latin of the government. In literature, the warrior hero of Old English was replaced by the knight or gentleman of good family. Although the French chivalric romances were absorbed, the later loss of the French lands concentrated "Englishness" which affected language, law, traditions and stories. Despite continued warfare, a stable agricultural society grew up beside the military one. Land ownership was the key to power and prosperity. Commerce increased, especially the wool trade. Ports and market towns were settled. Mercantile society became significant, not only for economic reason, but also social and political.
THE END
LORENZO BATTISTINI
3^D
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