The Poems of François Villon

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UPNE, 1982 - Literary Criticism - 246 pages
11 Reviews
This bilingual edition of the 15th-century poet's work incorporates recent scholarship.

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Review: The Poems of François Villon

User Review  - Forrest Gander - Goodreads

These are straight translations and well done. We miss (it will forever be missed) those poems written in underworld slang, but we get from these translations the sense of a vibrant, rascally personae ... Read full review

Review: The Poems of François Villon

User Review  - Melissa Whitney - Goodreads

I've read this collection of poems many times and each time I find something new to admire in it. Villon was a dark, disenchanted soul and his poetry reflects that. There is an aching realism to his ... Read full review


You lost men deaf to reason
May he meet the creatures who belch fire
Have pity have pity on me
I am Francois which is my cross
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About the author (1982)

Francois Villon was born in Paris in 1431. His life was blighted by destitution, ill health, torture and exile. We do not know what became of Villon after his 32nd year, by which time he had written all that has survived of his intelligent and candid verse.

Galway Kinnell was born on February 1, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. After earning his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A. from the University of Rochester, Kinnell served in the U.S. Navy. Subsequently, he taught writing at many schools around the world, including universities in France, Australia, and Iran, and served as director of the creative writing programs at SUNY Binghamton and New York University. In addition to enriching the American literary landscape as a teacher, Kinnell has been a poet for more than 35 years. Although at first his poems were very traditional, his later poetry was written with a more free-style approach. Kinnell's poetry is drawn from his own experience and from his inner self. He speaks of nature and man's relationship, death and living, and the experiences one gains from being alive. Kinnell's 12th collection of poems is entitled Imperfect Thirst; other collections include When One has Lived a Long Time, The Book of Nightmares, and Walking Down the Stairs. A former MacArthur Fellow, Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983. He has also won the American Book Award and has served as the State Poet of Vermont.

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