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(1170 - 1230 / Germany)

Walther von der Vogelweide
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Vogelweide, a poet and minnesinger(a singer of love songs), is one of the most celebrated of the Medievil German poets, the main sources of information about him are his own poems and occasional references by contemporary Minnesingers. It is clear from the title (Herr, Sir) given in these references, that he was of noble birth; but it is equally clear from his name Vogelweide (meaning: a gathering place or preserve of birds) that he belonged not to the higher nobility, who took their titles from castles or villages, but to the nobility of service.

Tirol appears to be his place of birth and had become a center of poetry and art. It was here that the young poet learned his craft ... more »

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  • ''Under the lindens on the heather,
    There was our double resting-place.''
    Walther Von Der Vogelweide (1170?-1230?), German minnesinger. Under the Lindens (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Ch...
  • ''Sweetly sang the nightingale.''
    Walther Von Der Vogelweide (1170?-1230?), German minnesinger. Under the Lindens (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Char...
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