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Towards a New Edition of the Répertoire métrique de la poésie des troubadours

  • Gianluca Valenti


The troubadours’ metrical schemes are indexed in István Frank’s Répertoire métrique de la poésie des troubadours. This major work classifies all the Occitan songs in ascendant order, depending on the type of their rhymes, giving the opportunity to study in depth the metrical organisation of the medieval Occitan poetry. Despite its importance for every scholar approaching the study of the courtly songs, there are many unsolved issues concerning the way it is organised. For instance, since the main goal of the Répertoire is to give the researcher a detailed survey of all the metrical schemes existing in the troubadours’ songs, it lacks any kind of data synthesis; as a result, it lists 885 different metrical schemes, which is a clear overgeneration. Indeed, there is no attempt to discover similarities and recurring patterns among metrical schemes, nor to help a scholar willing to find them. The present paper will analyse in detail the unsolved questions arising from Frank’s catalogue organisation. Furthermore, This paper will underline that many of the existing problems could be avoided with a new, digital edition of the Répertoire, which should be highly wished from the scientific community.


Metrics Troubadours István Frank Poetry Occitan literature 


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This research was supported by the University of Liège and the EU in the context of the FP7-PEOPLE-COFUND-BEIPD project.


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  1. 1.Département de Littérature française médiévale et littérature occitaneULg Université de LiègeLiègeBelgium

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