LES GRANDS SIEGNEURS

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GCSE English Lit (Anthology / poetry) Mind Map on LES GRANDS SIEGNEURS, created by princessscout on 05/20/2013.
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LES GRANDS SIEGNEURS
1 STORY
1.1 narrator is talking about the men she's had relationships with in the past
1.2 she presents men as protective and entertaining but also vain
1.3 she was like a queen and the men her rescuers
1.4 now she's married and is a modern wife who must do as her husband orders
1.5 part of the medieval court tradition where men tried to win the hearts of women by doing courageous deeds
2 FORM AND STRUCTURE
2.1 written from the point of view of a woman
2.2 poet uses lists, enjambment and caesura so it flows like natural speech

Annotations:

  • ENJAMBMENT: the continuation of a sentence or clause over a line break CAESURA: pause within the middle of a line. often found near enjambment
2.3 begins with the narrators lighthearted reflection of past
2.4 tone changes in stanza 4 when she thinks of reality
2.5 the quick change in tone emphasises how her life was transformed over night when she became a wife
3 FEELINGS AND ATTITUDES
3.1 LOVE
3.1.1 uses courtly love traditionto illustrate the way they used to act when they were together
3.1.2 narrator seems to have romantic feelings towards all these men of her past
3.2 CONTROL
3.2.1 there is a shift in power when she marries
3.2.1.1 her husband has all control and she's inferior to him
3.2.2 as a courtly queen, she has control over her life
3.3 NOSTALGIA
3.3.1 she seems quite nostalgic and sentimental about her past
4 LANGUAGE
4.1 LANGUAGE OF COURTLY LOVE
4.1.1 references to medieval romance and courtly love traditions distance the narrator from her past
4.1.2 it makes her past seem more romantic and also quite unreal
4.2 METAPHORS
4.2.1 narrator uses lists of metaphors to describe men
4.2.2 metaphors include buildings, animals and birds which associate men with certain characteristics
4.3 MODERN LANGUAGE
4.3.1 contemporary language brings the narrator back to present day and contrasts with the romantic world of courtly love
4.3.2 reminds us she has a different life now
5 MY IDEAS
5.1 It seems to happen so quickly because she is caught up in her dreamy romantic world and then without realising whats really going on finds her self in a relationship she does not necessarily want and like. She ,ay feel trapped and so shows how quickly her freedom was taken away
5.2 The title of the poem when translated means 'THE GREAT LORDS' which gives across the impression that she had lots of men who loved her. The fact that it is in french could make it sound more romantic , again emphasising the fact that she had so many men in her courtly romantic life and she is reflecting on this past
5.3 At the end the narrator seems to feel as though she has lost her life and freedom and is trapped in this marriage. She seems to be annoyed at herself for being so blinded by these silly romances and ending up committing to one thinking she was happy.
5.4 You get the impression that the husband does not think so highly of women and that he likes to take charge. He also gives off the impression that she is just his toy and he is its master
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