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lamentation,

n a prayer expressing affliction or sorrow and requesting defense, retribution, or comfort.
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No doubt the Setu lament belonged among the genres where the woman could (just like in lyrical songs) express her forbidden feelings and fantasies, among them the yearning for death.
The essays in Laments Jot the Lost form a broad introduction to lamentation across literatures in Old and Middle English, Latin, Old Norse, Old and Middle French, as well as mystery plays, and even Old Polish drama.
SOUNDS GOOD: (left to right) Lament, Lieutenant Pigeon and Flygone
For instance, in "Christine de Pizan's Life in Lament," Nadia Margolis traces the historical causes for the many different types of heart-rending lament that Christine de Pizan penned over her life, ending with a discussion of Pizan's Heures de Contemplacion.
Many of them have been astute enough to solve more stringent business problems, so with their experience and a little foresight, their weekly lament should go away.
For while Lazarus plays do indeed incorporate female grief in ways that, in the N-Town and York plays at least, "evoke ritual lament" (41), three of the pageants she surveys (N-Town, York, and Towneley) prepare the way for Renaissance rejection of female lament by energetically condemning the practice, while the last two deny the weeping tradition altogether.
John Taffin laments the passing of Winchester as the presage of the death of civilization.
Lebanon Prime Minister Fouad Siniura's lament that Lebanon is paying a price for attempting to establish a democratic institution is also off the mark.
Soloists Angharad Gruffydd Jones and Peter Crawford, and the Choir and Orchestra of London under Jeremy Summerly's direction, perform Lament for Jerusalem with loving commitment.
Howard Bloch in his famous understanding of misogyny as a form of discourse ('Medieval Misogyny', Representations, 20 (1987), 1-24), would have proven to be fruitful alternative methods of reading all the rhetorical devices that cancionero poems or the laments of sentimental romances display.
In its deep structure it is an encounter between two different constructions of death and mourning: the dominant Christian belief that faith in God brings eternal life, and therefore one should not grieve over the dead; and the residual practice of lament for the dead, an oral tradition usually led by women in which 'eternal life'--living on in the memory of the community--depends upon repetitive performances of mourning.
They began to shout, to cry out their lament over the lives of daughters, of friends who suffered death from a system of violence.