The Poems of François Villon

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

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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. During World War II, he served in the Navy. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1948 and a M.A. from the University of Rochester in 1949. 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 New York University. He wrote several collections of poetry including Body Rags, The Book of Nightmares, Walking down the Stairs, When One Has Lived a Long Time, Imperfect Thirst, and Mortal Acts, Mortal Words. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a National Book Award for Selected Poems in 1983. He also wrote one novel entitled Black Light. He died from leukemia on October 28, 2014 at the age of 87.

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