Qui ? quoy ? comment ? a qui ? pourquoy ? 

Charles, Duke of Orleans, after he was taken prisoner by the English at the battle of Agincourt in 1415, spent the next 25 years in England, prevented from returning to France. He used this time, in part, to become a prolific poet, and his work is very good, as well as being a window into the world of the early 15th century. But he must have had many moments of hopelessness and despair, and it looks to me like this poem came out of one of those moments. Who, what, how, to whom, why?, questioning what is happening to him and what is the meaning of it all.

Looks like he needed a few flagons of strong ale and a buxom English wench to cheer him up

Charles d’ ORLEANS   (1394-1465)

Qui ? quoy ? comment ? a qui ? pourquoy ?

 
Qui ? quoy ? comment ? a qui ? pourquoy ?
Passez, presens ou avenir,
Quant me viennent en souvenir,
Mon cueur en penser n’est pas coy.

Au fort, plus avant que ne doy
Jamais je ne pense enquerir :
Qui ? quoy ? comment ? a qui ? pourquoy ?
Passez, presens ou avenir.

On s’en puet rapporter a moy
Qui de vivre ay eu beau loisir
Pour bien aprendre et retenir.
Assez ay congneu,je m’en croy :
Qui ? quoy ? comment ? a qui ? pourquoy ?

From <http://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/poemes/charles_d_orleans/qui_quoy_comment_a_qui_pourquoy.html&gt;

Who moved my cheese? Where’s the beef? Why me?

Enough said…
The Poetry Dude

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