Trobadors: A Symposium on Occitan Poetry
The 11th century trobadors and trobairitz of Occitania, a region encompassing parts of southern France, Italy’s Occitan Valleys, Monaco, and Catalonia’s Val d’Aran, have long inspired American poets, most notably Ezra Pound, with their lyrical, secular, and often subversive verse-commentary on the culture, politics, and love affairs of their time. Mythologized as wandering mystics, these professional poets set the stage for everything from forms like the cantata and sestina to Top 40 love songs. The Trobadors symposium celebrates the riches of Occitan poetry and culture from the Middle Ages to today with a full day of interactive panels, multimedia performance, and an optional gourmet dinner and cooking demonstration. See poetshouse.org for full schedule and admission details. Cosponsored by and free to members of City Lore.
For dinner pricing and reservations, please contact Joe Fritsch at 212-431-7920x2832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.