Entertainment / Literature / Aubade: (also called a dawn song) A genre of poetry in which a short poem's subject is about the dawn or the coming of the dawn, or it is a piece of music meant to be sung or played outdoors at dawn. Examples include Browning's 'The year's at the spring / And day's at the morn' from Pippa Passes or Shakespeare's 'Hark! Hark! The lark.' Some poems, such as John Donne's 'Busy old sun,' share traits with the dawn song. Troilus and Criseyde also contains an example of the genre within its larger narrative. Cf. The Proven???§al equivalent, an alba.
Entertainment / Literature / Aube: A dawn-song or aubade, but specifically one sung by a friend watching over a pair of lovers until dawn to prevent any interruption to their love-making or to cover up the noise of the love-making. Con MORE
Entertainment / Literature / Alba: (Provencal 'dawn') A medieval lyric or morning serenade about the coming of dawn. The alba's refrain typically ends with the word 'dawn.' The theme can be religioius, but more frequently the theme foc MORE