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Among Europe's most famous and influential books of lyrics, this large collection focuses on Petrarch's lifelong love for the mysterious Laura, but the themes he treats are many. Showing why Petrarch is often regarded as the first modern man to emerge from a medieval world, this book reveals the man in all of his perplexities, uncertainties, and hesitancies.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 1336)
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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
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
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...
Belle poesie belle immagini bel linguaggio ... però non ci se la fa!
Se poi si considera l'importanza avuta nel corso dei secoli ci si vergogna anche di più.
Ci devo riprovare :)
Ivana de Bona
Magical. There is nothing else to be said. Magical.
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.
Adamo Lanna
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.
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.
Listening to Chopin + poetry = Best way to spend an evening
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.
Great translation, and Petrarch is an essential in the history of the sonnet and the history of affectivity in the West...
Muy bueno... Poesía aparentemente simple, compleja en su fondo y presentación.
Beautiful poetry. Highly recommend!
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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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“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.” 23 likes
“. . . The senses reign, and reason now is dead;
from one pleasing desire comes another.
Virtue, honor, beauty, gracious bearing,
sweet words have caught me in her lovely branches
in which my heart is tenderly entangled.
In thirteen twenty-seven, and precisely
at the first hour of the sixth of April
I entered the labyrinth, and I see no way out.”
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