Poetry Kaleidoscope: Guide to Poetry
The reverdie is an old
genre, which celebrates the arrival of
it means "re-greening". Often the
poet will encounter
Spring, symbolized by a beautiful woman.
Originating in the
troubadour ballads of
the early middle ages, reverdies was very popular during the time of Chaucer.
T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" and William Carlos Williams' "Spring and All" are both considered to be modern
examples of the genre.
The reverdie forms the basis of the Irish
aisling, where the
speaker meets Ireland
lamenting her woes.
Harmon, William. "A Handbook to Literature". Upper Saddle River:
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