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Tensons


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    • found: Dictionary.com, Aug. 9, 2012(tenson: a Provençal poem taking the form of a dialogue or debate between two rival troubadours; tenso: a lyric poem of dispute or personal abuse composed by Provencal troubadours in which two opponents speak alternate stanzas, lines, or groups of lines usually identical in structure. In some cases these debates were imaginary, and both sides of the issue were composed by the same person. The tenson was a specific form of debat, a kind of medieval poetic contest. The form later spread to Italy, where it became popular among the poets of the dolce stil nuovo, including Dante. Compare partimen.)
    • found: Wikipedia, Aug. 9, 2012(A tenso (modern Occitan spelling: tenson, modern Catalan spelling: tençó, pl. tençons) is a style of Occitan song favoured by the troubadours. It takes the form of a debate in which each voice defends a position on a topic relating to love or ethics. Closely related genres include the partimen and the cobla exchange. Another close variant, wherein the two debaters were judged by a third is called the contenson or contençó, from the Occitan word for contest. In Italian literature, the tensó was adapted as the tenzon(e).)
    • found: Web. 3(tenson also tenso or tenzon: a lyric poem of dispute composed by Provençal troubadours in which two opponents speak alternate stanzas, lines, or groups of lines usu. identical in structure -- compare débat, partimen)
    • found: Random House Webster's unabridged dict., c1997(tenson: a Provençal poem taking the form of a dialogue or debate between two rival troubadours)
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