The Canzoniere: (rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta)

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2001 - Italian poetry - 267 pages
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Francesco Petrarca (1304-74) has been described as the 'first modern man of letters' and his influence on the European lyric tradition has been widespread. The poems of his Canzoniere, closely associated as they are with the enigmatic figure of Laura, were soon to become the models for love-poetry in nearly all major European literatures in the Renaissance. The new translations here use the same rhyme schemes and broadly the same metres as those used by Petrarch himself. The facing English texts are thus not intended to be absolutely literal, but to reflect the inner meanings and moods of the originals, with some further literal translations of difficult passages added in the notes. The notes to the poems also cover their likely dates, mythological allusions, certain background settings, and a number of other calendrical and structural features which appear to emerge from the actual sequencing of the collection itself. There is also a section on old Italian syntax. and other linguistic aids. The new translation of Petrarch's Rerum Vulgarian Fragmenta is in two separate volumes.
  

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Review: Canzoniere: Selected Poems

User Review  - Celine - Goodreads

The entire Canzoniere are 365 poems written by the early humanist Francesco Petrarca, centering around his love for Laura. My version only had sixty of the poems, because a lot of them are hard to ... Read full review

Review: Canzoniere: Selected Poems

User Review  - Rose - Goodreads

The edition I have includes two letters at the start, "Letter to Posterity" and "The Ascent of Mount Ventoux." They were my favorite parts, because I'm not a poetry person. The poetry was good too (I ... Read full review

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Francesco Petrarca (1304-74) wrote The Canzoniere as a cycle of love poems to 'Laura', a woman he Idolised, yet never possessed. These poems changed the course of all European lyricism and influenced many other poets and writers.

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