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3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,617 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
The Canzoniere of Petrarch (1304-74) is among Europe's most famous and influential books of lyrics. The focus of this large collection (7,500 lines) is Petrarch's lifelong love for the mysterious Laura, but the themes he treats are many and various. Often regarded as the first modern man to emerge from a mediaeval world, Petrarch remains modern in his perplexities, uncerta ...more
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Published July 1st 2012 by Fyfield Books (first published 1336)
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Andrei Tamaş

Am obosit de când mă-ntreb cu gândul
cum n-obosesc gândindu-mă la tine,
și cum de rabd povara de suspine
când firul vieții-mi pot scurta curmându-l,
și cum vorbind de ochii tăi, de blândul
tău chip mereu, nu piere glasu-n mine,
nu-mi seacă limba, sângele în vine
chemându-te zile și nopți de-a rândul,
cum de mai pot bieții mei pași să bată
cărările pe urma ta domoală,
cum nu-s sătui zadarnic să se zbată,
și cum de încă nu-mi găsesc cerneală
ca să te cânt: Iubirea-i vinovată
dac-am dat greș; în artă nu-i greșe
Oct 05, 2016 verbava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
коли лаура помирає, петрарка й не думає припиняти писати їй вірші. зрештою, якщо зважити на те, що після смерті вона якась навіть прихильніша до нього, ніж за життя (дбає про нього з небес, приходить як видиво в кімнату тощо), це й зрозуміло: ідеальна жінка набула остаточної досконалості, а поетичний потенціал тої трансцендентної прірви, що пролягла між нею й поетом, значно більший, ніж у розлук земних. петрарка переконаний, що в раю вона з радістю прийме того, хто так її любив, і, звісно, ніког ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today I finished reading Petrarch’s large collection of poems entitled, “Canzoniere,” consisting mostly of sonnets and including canzones, sestinas (among my favorites, the sestina being a verse form made up “of six stanzas of six lines, concluding with a three-line tornata that repeats all of the rhymes of the poem, each stanza using six different words in end-rhyme position repeated in a different end position in all six stanzas: abcdef/faebdc/cfdabe/ecbfad/deacfb/bdfeca” a form obviously havi ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 think): lots of boars in the wood and shining hair and painful devotion; I can dig it. There are rumours that the "Laura" to whom all his poems are devoted is actually a stand-in for fame itself. His painful, painful, romantic, erotic devotion to fame. I can dig that even more (I mean, I've never kn ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun to reread Petrarca in English. Being confident that there are plenty of good reviews about this famous poetry book, I don't have anything a lot to say besides simply that I enjoy Petrarca's poetry immensely. When I've first read him as adolescent( when I had to because of the school) I used to think that he was crazy for writing a collection of poems to a women he did not know. Many years later and having learn a bit more about the context of his writing and I'm able to admire him for ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Lina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Left me completely breathless! I'm not a huge fan of poetry nor do I enjoy love themes, but the way Petrarch portrays his love towards Laura is simply heartbreaking! Everyone has at least once felt in the same position as him and I don't know about anyone else but I just felt like his heart was singing the same familiar song through his sonnets...
Mel Bossa
Jan 27, 2016 Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0010-poetry
This is much more than a long love poem to Laura, but the musings of a great mind on destiny, the choices we make, and just how honest we decide to be with ourselves.

According to what history says about Petrarch, he was a man divided by a quest to live a simple life of beauty and contemplation, and a relentless need to participate in Italian politics (which in his time were bloody and unbelievably unpredictable as any Game of Thrones episode). He had hopes of returning the papacy to Rome where
Jo Walton
This is a good translation, and the original Italian is easily available free, so they can be read together, which you'll want to do because a lot of Petrarch's cleverness here is with language. There's no point reading "The gentle breeze, the golden curls, the laurel tree" without realising it says "L'aura, l'aureo, lauro" or "Laura Laura Laura", though since most of these sonnets say "Laura Laura Laura" you could probably figure it out. Oh that's unfair, but I like Petrarch best when he is not ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Red rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italo
petrarca as founder of tourism. the tourist knows where he will go. the traveller knows where he was. easter 2007 i spent in the dolomites. i visited a friend called loris (laurel). he told me that it's his birthday april the 8th. so we had a little party. also my sister happened to be there. if you look at the dates in the sonnets of petrarch they kick off on good friday april the 6th when he sees laura for the first time. they end on april 8 on easter. he receives his laurel in the end. so in ...more
Adamo Lanna
Aug 20, 2010 Adamo Lanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia, 300
No sinceramente L'aura, Laura, Lauro, La aura stop. Abbiamo capito. Sei in fissa. Rassegnati: è sposata, vive ad Avignone, non ti ha mai cacato. Rassegnati! Scrivi altro, facci un favore. Il secretum è così bello, perché? Molto meglio i sonetti quando non parli di Laura, ma assai. Nei hai fatti tipo 365, uno per l'anno, ecco facci un calendario. Ma togliti Laura dalla testa, che è una battaglia persa.
Jun 01, 2016 Emiliano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
una delle raccolte più intense della mia vita. piacerebbe anche a me trovare la mia Laura. Ancora ci spero. Una poesia al giorno, per 366 giorni. È stata un'esperienza davvero intensa. L'ho anche trovatoin streaming gratuito su questo sito: Canzoniere
Fabiola Fulco Salazar
Feb 01, 2015 Fabiola Fulco Salazar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Este libro fue una especie de karma para mí, se me hizo interminable. Sin embargo, la poesía de Petrarca lo valió. Laura no solo vive a través de sus versos sino que él acabó viviendo gracias a ella. Ilusión sin equivalencia histórica, constructo simbólico o cualquiera que haya sido el fin de Laura... sin duda está latente en todo el Cancionero, así como la genialidad del poeta que lo compuso.
May 27, 2012 Beluosus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiano
Vorrei che conoscessi migliore l'italiano. Perlomeno potevo un po del Canzoniere leggere -- adagio. Allora, Petrarca non è il mio preferito poeta, ma certamente sono motivato a provare la sua poesia latina.
Feb 16, 2016 Goran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. I did not expected that I will like this so much. It's clearly one of my favourite of all time.
Jun 03, 2016 Francesco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sempre stupendo, fin dai tempi del liceo. L'ho ritrovato gratis su Yeerida, Canzoniere
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 translate into English without losing a lot of the form and syntax that makes them special.

I'm not a big poetry reader. The amount of books with poems that I've read can easily be counted on one hand. I think the Canzoniere were a bit too ambitious for me; at times I had no clue what Petrarca was talki
Nov 25, 2012 Galicius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian, poetry
Petrarch’s sonnets like Romantic poetry overflow with spontaneous feelings though he lives some four centuries earlier than the Romantics. He adores his beloved, burns and exalts, wallows in self-pity, suffers and hopes longer than any one poet of record all for one unrequited love. He writes in sonnet 336 that on April 6, 1348 “the body let that blessed soul go free.” He met Laura on April 6, 1327 (Good Friday). In sonnet 364 he writes

“For twenty-one long years Love made me burn,
glad in the f
Shawn Bird
Aug 08, 2011 Shawn Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Highly recommended title for teachers who want to demonstrate REAL Italian/Petrarchan sonnets from the first master of the style. I love that Anthony Mortimer actually kept the Petrarcan rhyme scheme in his translation. So many choose words without the rhyme which is such a vital part of a sonnet! I had permission to use #13 "When sometimes Love comes in that lovely face/Quando fra l'altre donne ad ora a ora for Grace Awakening, but instead ended up doing my own translation of 61 (which Mortimer ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Ema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I immediately fell in love with this book.

More than a love story, it is sort of a confession of a man who, living at the end of the Middle Ages, thinks about how to reconcile the new, post-humanist ideals with traditional Christian ideology, how to solve the contradiction between earthly and heavenly love, between the irresistible desire for happiness in this life and the irrational fear of death and eternal damnation. Even more than that, Canzoniere made a considerable impact on the poetry tha
The Canzoniere is not all about Petrarch's love for Laura; in fact, she always appears as fragments of the imagination. Who she is, is unimportant as we can gather that Petarch's symbols always point back to the self--this is what makes him so different from Dante and also so modern for the 1300s. I interpret this work of poetry as a manifestation of the crisis of the self, of inner tensions between the sacred and profane life. To read to entire Canzoniere is to suffer poetically as the poet did ...more
This is beautiful. I grew to appreciate Petrarch a lot after I chose "The Canzoniere" as the topic of my research paper, so I ended up keeping this complete collection over break. I like the side-by-side English and Italian in this particular edition. I would recommend "Petrarch's Metamorphosis: Text and Subtext in the Rime Sparse" by Sara Sturm-Maddox as a good companion to this text. Of all my sources, her study of the Canzoniere was the favorite.
Mar 23, 2008 Ainsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francesco Petrarca was the foremost scholar of his day. This set of love poems was dedicated to his love Laura and was written over a span of some twenty years, from the moment he first met her at age twenty three to the point where he learned of her death some twenty years later. She never returned his love. The Canzoniere is luminous with poetry, and a delight to read. This edition has a parallel Italian text.
Lisa Ablondi
May 06, 2012 Lisa Ablondi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful accident it was to discover Petrarch. I am definitely going to make sure my future students all know about him and his love for a woman who never knew he existed. 50 years of dedicated love from one look in a church is here in this book, and you will definitely find a new favorite poem.
May 07, 2014 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This slim volume is a collection of poems that Petrarch spent over forty years composing. I've dog-eared practically every page, which is the strongest recommendation I could offer for any book.

"I see a storm in port, and, tired out,
my pilot there, the mast and rigging down,
and the bright stars I contemplated spent."

Oct 14, 2015 NaturaRea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non penso che ci sia un modo di esprimersi in così poco spazio riguardo quest'opera enorme.
Scriverò sicuramente qualcosa di più approfondito.

"Súbito allor, com'acqua 'l foco amorza,
d'un lungo et grave sonno mi risveglio:
et veggio ben che 'l nostro viver vola
et ch'esser non si pò più d'una volta.."
[Petrarca, Canzoniere, CCCLXI]
Dec 17, 2016 Karolien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi piace la poesia e la poesia di Petrarca non puo mancare nella mia collezione di letteratura Italiana.
Ho dovuto leggere questo per una classe di letteratura ma non l'ho trovato cosi grave.

Petrarca è un maestro in usare il mito antica nelle sue poesie.
May 12, 2010 Marlies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had a Petrarca! WOW...I love the sonnets about Laura. I love his work. He's the absolute master of sonnets. Moves you to tears..really.
Jun 07, 2014 Ors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tanto amore compresso in un volume solo.
l'atto di costrizione all'inizio, la lode alla fede alla fine.

rendersi conto di aver torto, fare il bene comunque e andare avanti.
May 21, 2014 Nemanja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, prijemni
18, 30, 61, 126, 134, 218, 250, 267, 365
Jan 19, 2015 Tommaso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Onde quant'io di lei parlai né scrissi,
ch'or per lodi anzi a Dio preghi mi rende,
fu breve stilla d'infiniti abissi:

RVF 339, 9-11.
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Francesco Petrarca known in English as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar, poet, and one of the earliest Renaissance humanists. Petrarch is often popularly called the "father of humanism". Based on Petrarch's works, and to a lesser extent those of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Pietro Bembo in the 16th century created the model for the modern Italian language, later endorsed by the Accademi ...more
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“I freeze and burn, love is bitter and sweet, my sighs are tempests and my tears are floods, I am in ecstasy and agony, I am possessed by memories of her and I am in exile from myself.” 114 likes
“How do you know, poor fool? Perhaps out there, somewhere, someone is sighing for your absence'; and with this thought, my soul begins to breathe.” 29 likes
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