In memory of Valentine’s day this Saturday, Totally Optional Prompts suggested an aubade.

Aubades are poems begging and tempting and pleading with a lover not to leave. You can read some examples here and a song by Jewel here.

I’ve heard of tagelied; the early morning song. This when I was doing a bit of reading after I heard the spectacularly haunting melody of Carmina Burana (O Fortuna’s an all-time favorite) at Brussels. I believe I wrote on it a bit in my usual hop-skipping way from Carmina to Poirot to Falafels. So when I read this post at TOP, I was curious and went on to discover that it is indeed a variation of the tagelied.


au·bade (-bäd)

1. A song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak.
2. A poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn.

[Origin: Late 17th century, French, from Old French albade, from Old Provençal albada, from alba, dawn, aubade, from Latin.]


Read a feeble attempt of an aubade that I submit to TOP, here.

(ps: I will not be continuing to link to the henceforth, and I plan on writing there more frequently. Would appreciate if you could please add to bookmarks or readers. Only if you’d like to that is. Thank you.)

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7 replies on “aubade”
  1. says: sajni

    am feeling mushy all over, where is my boy when I need him?

    That aside, LOVE the poem. You’re good with this kind of stuff. :-))

  2. says: naren

    The poem at cesmots was awesome! Couldn’t resist trying my hand at one. I’m a hopeless romantic, I guess (not!)

    An aubade is a poem about lovers separating at dawn
    This, in our household, is accompanied with a yawn
    We’re pretty low on lust
    Because we haven’t brushed
    And the main object of attention is the john

  3. BRILLIANT!! You also have a poet in you apart from the engrossing story-teller! BTW, Carmina Burana is A.W.E.S.O.M.E!! Have you heard the entire collection of 24 poems? It’s just supremely unearthly!

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