First off, I enjoyed the poems this week much more than the ones from last week. The ones about dealing with unrequited love or being separated from your loved ones in particular spoke to me. Out of all the poems we read today, the one that caught my eye the most was #52, A la Fontana del Vergier by Marcabrun.
The first interesting thing that I noticed about this poem is that the phrasing of line 7, "A girl who did not want my care," leads me to believe that the speaker has attempted to seduce this girl before and been rebuffed. This is because he says she does not want him before he gets close enough to see her crying. Second, I also found the portrayal of the girl's grief and her lament interesting because she simultaneously has faith in God while being angry at Him. She still believes, despite her beloved being forced to go off to war, that God will save her from sin and that Jesus is King. She is angry and despairing, but she still clings to her faith, which I think is both realistic and admirable. Finally, while I sympathized with the speaker slightly from the start of the poem, his decision to try to comfort her after seeing her distress rather than take advantage of it makes me like him quite a bit. In addition, he tries to comfort her by encouraging her to focus on God rather than telling her to try to find someone else to love. I think this attitude is very noble of him, as it reflects my belief that God is all one truly needs in this world and could mean he is encouraging the girl not to give up hope that her love may return.