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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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Sep 01, 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
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
Feb 26, 2015 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
Sep 27, 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...
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 18, 2014 Voss rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Jan 26, 2016 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good translation, which is always key when translating poetry. My only complaint is that I can't seem to find a complete collection.
Hristina Petrov
One of my favorite school reads. I can't believe that I haven't rated/marked it as read by now.
Ivana de Bona
Jan 22, 2016 Ivana de Bona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 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.
Jul 06, 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.
Feb 13, 2014 Silje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to Chopin + poetry = Best way to spend an evening
Apr 06, 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.
Oct 17, 2009 Frederick rated it it was ok
Great translation, and Petrarch is an essential in the history of the sonnet and the history of affectivity in the West...
Feb 04, 2007 Francisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia, italianos
Muy bueno... Poesía aparentemente simple, compleja en su fondo y presentación.
Oct 05, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.” 28 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.
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at the first hour of the sixth of April
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