The partimen (Occitan: [paɾtiˈmen, paʀtiˈme]; Catalan: partiment [pəɾtiˈmen]; also known as partia or joc partit) is a cognate form of the French jeu-parti (plural jeux-partis). It is a genre of Occitan lyric poetry composed between two troubadours, a subgenre of the tenso or cobla exchange in which one poet presents a dilemma in the form of a question and the two debate the answer, each taking up a different side. Of the nearly 200 surviving Occitan debate songs, 120 are partimens and 75 are open tensos.[1] The partimen was especially popular in poetic contests. See also Torneyamen.


  1. ^ Matheis, Eric (2014). Capital, value and exchange in the Old Occitan and Old French Tenson (Including the Partimen and the Jeu-Parti). PhD Diss., Columbia University. p. 51.

Further readingEdit

  • Alfred Jeanroy, Les origines de la poésie lyrique en France au Moyen-Age (Paris, 1899, 3/1925)
  • Alfred Jeanroy: La poésie lyrique des troubadours (Toulouse and Paris, 1934/R), ii, 247–81
  • Ruth Harvey, Linda M. Paterson and Anna Radaelli, eds.: The troubadour tensos and partimens: a critical edition (Cambridge, 2010).