Aurora: An Aubade*
from dark to light,
sun and moon shifting
from dull to bright,
goodbye black night,
I lie awake waiting
for you to comeback.
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This genre dates back to 12th century France and is the counterpart to a secular Evensong, Serena or Serenade.. The name Alba comes from the medieval watchman’s cry “alba” announcing the passing of the night and return of day. The early Occitan troubadourpoems ended each stanza with the word.
The Alba or Aubade is:
- a love poem, most often mourning the parting of lovers while extolling the coming day.
- constructed at the discretion of the poet, length, stanzaic form, meter and or rhyme. although often a smattering of rhyme is present without any particular rhyme scheme.
- dramatic since it is often dialogue between the parting lovers or coming from a cuckold husband or a watchman’ warning. Sometimes dialogue is silent, expressed in images.