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“King René of Anjou, the laughter-loving Count of Provence, seeking to divert the melancholy of his beloved wife, Jeanne de Laval, turned the old-time-Keltic terror into gay new fetes: the games of the tarasque. These games are still played. The…


Part I: "A Forerunner"--12 quatrains aabb
Part II: "The Meeting of Spring and Summer"--16 sestets, ababab

The poem celebrates spring, renewal, love: “For the old god Pan hath taken a wife/ And the whole world shares their mirth..."

5 8-line stanzas, ababcdcd

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Recounts a story of Saint Malo, in northern Brittany, and its legend of a Great Flood. Penhor, daughter of Bud, was wife of Amel, who tended the flocks of Annan, the great seigneur; Childless Penhor weaves a veil for Holy Mary; gets the baby she…

Janet Balfour, a cripple loves a man who loves another, and is disappointed in love

Image shows two sphinxes on either side of the Arbor Saeculorum, or the Tree of History. At the top of the tree on the left side is a Phoenix, and on the right is a butterfly. There are two scrolls on either side of the image. Each is divided into…

Describes series of “awakenings” in Europe, caused by introduction of foreign ideas by Romans, Goths, Arabs