Poems

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Harvard University Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 398 pages
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Cristoforo Landino (1424‚e"1498), one of the great scholar-poets of the Renaissance, is best known today for his Platonizing commentaries on Dante and Vergil. His most substantial work of poetry was his Three Books on Xandra, written while still a young man. They consist primarily of love poetry in Latin directed to his lady-love Alessandra, but they also chronicle his life, friendships, literary studies, and the patronage of his work by Piero de' Medici. Inspired equally by the ancient Roman love-elegy and by Petrarch‚e(tm)s Canzoniere, the poems illustrate the mingling of classical and vernacular traditions characteristic of the age of Lorenzo de‚e(tm) Medici. Also included in this volume is the Carmina Varia, a collection whose centerpiece is a group of elegies directed to the Venetian humanist Bernardo Bembo. These bring to life the Platonic passion Bembo conceived for Ginevra de‚e(tm)Benci, later the subject of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. This edition contains the first translation of both works into English.
  

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Contents

BOOK I
3
To His Book
4
When He Was Crushed by Love
7
To Bartolomeo Scala
11
To His Muse to Hurry to Giovanni Antonio
29
Epitaph for Leonardo of Arezzo
31
To Xandra
32
To Filippo about his Sweetheart
34
Eulogy for Carlo Aretino
175
7a Another Epitaph for Carlo Aretino
188
Epitaph for the Poet Dante
190
Another
192
Tamyris Queen of the Scythians
194
To Giovanni Salvetti on the Praises of Cosimo the Great
195
To Jacopo Acciaiuoli in Praise of Cosimo the Great and of the House of Acciaiuoli
201
To Piero de Medici in Praise of Poggio
204

In Praise of Diana
36
To Bartolomeo Scala
38
To Bartolomeo Scala on His Own Ancestors
40
About Xandra
53
To Ginevra
55
On Xandras Return
58
To Bernardo
63
To Giovanni Antonio
65
To Leandra
67
To His Book
69
BOOK II
71
To Piero de Medici
72
To Xandra
76
To Xandra
80
On His Praises and Those of Maecenas
85
A Description of Monte Asinario tor Lorenzo Cresci
93
He Rails about Love
97
To His Muse
98
n About a Nightmare
100
The Dying Elisabetta to Her Brother Bernardo
102
About Bindo the Oneeyed
105
On the Same Man
107
To Francia
108
To Bindo
113
To Francia
114
To Leandra
116
Epitaph for Paolo Who Died While Having Sex
119
To Bindo
124
in Florence
135
On the Near Ruin That Is Rome
136
BOOK III
141
To Piero de Medici His Maecenas
144
To Antonio Canigiani on the Beginnings of the City of Florence
145
Eulogy for His Brother
154
Elegy on the Aragonese War
164
To Paolo Not to Fear the Aragonese War
168
Eulogy for the Boy Cosimo Grandson of the Great Cosimo
217
To Guido Guiduccio
224
To Xandra 12
227
To Tommaso Ceffi
230
n To Giovanni Antonio
232
To Xandra
235
About Gnognia
236
To Xandra
238
To Xandra
240
To Bice
242
To Tubia
244
Concerning a Hall
246
To Francesco the Barber
248
To a Sodomite
253
To Bernardo
256
To Francesco dAltobianco Alberti
260
MISCELLANEOUS POEMS 1 On the Death of Lisa
267
Eulogy on Neri Capponi for Giovanni Canigiani
271
To Bernardo Bembo
276
To the Same Man
279
To the Same Man
282
To the Same Man
283
To the Same Man
294
To the Same Man
295
Eulogy on the Death of Michele Verino
302
The Tomb of the Poet Dante
308
DOUBTFULLY ASCRIBED POEMS
313
Letter of Presentation to Bernardo Bembo
319
A Sestina in Imitation of Petrarca 16
327
Alfonso the Lame Lover 20
328
To Lupo 22
329
The Way Rome Marvels at Xandra 132
348
To Leon Battista Alberti 24
372
Bibliography
383
To Himself 28
392
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Mary P. Chatfield is the former Head of the Classics Department at the Commonwealth School, Boston.

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