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Thread #90597   Message #4014532
Posted By: Lighter
20-Oct-19 - 09:14 AM
Thread Name: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Subject: RE: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
I should have made it clear that the "version" I referred to (really a parallel song or even parody) was "The Twa Corbies," and not the early "Three Ravens." Sorry for any confusion.

In the "Ravens," of course, there's no suggestion at all that the knight has been killed by his lady.

Whether, as romantic ballad scholars suggested many decades ago, the doe is or the knight's pregnant wife under an enchantment may never be known. It's obviously conceivable.

The song was made, after all, over four hundred years ago, and it provides no explanation. Maybe the author just thought of it as a wonder story.

As for the "Corbies," Wikipedia tells us that the Russian poet Pushkin's 1828 adaptation "contains only the first half of the poem, ending with '"and the mistress awaits for her lover, not the killed one, but the alive one,' thus making a dark hint the central point of the story."