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Vita Nuova

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Vita Nuova (1292-94) is regarded as Dante's most profound creation. The thirty-one poems in this, the first of his major writings, are linked by a lyrical prose narrative celebrating and debating the subject of love. Composed upon Dante's meeting with Beatrice and the "Lord of Love," it is a love story set to the task of confirming the "new life" this meeting inspired. Wit ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 10th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1295)
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Huda Yahya
Sep 01, 2014 Huda Yahya marked it as to-consider  ·  review of another edition
القصائد العذرية الخالدة في حب بياتريشي
الملهمة التي حلقت سريعا في فضاء الأرواح
لمبدع الكوميديا الإلهية دانتي اللجييري








Edward
Jun 05, 2015 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foreword to the Revised Edition
Chronology
Introduction & Notes
Further Reading
A Note on the Translation & Notes


La Vita Nuova
--I
--II
--III
--First Sonnet
--IV
--V
--VI
--VII
--Second Sonnet (double)
--VIII
--Third Sonnet
--Fourth Sonnet (double)
--IX
--Fifth Sonnet
--X
--XI
--XII
--Ballad
--XIII
--Sixth Sonnet
--XIV
--Seventh Sonnet
--XV
--Eighth Sonnet
--XVI
--Ninth Sonnet
--XVII
--XVIII
--XIX
--First Canzone
--XX
--Tenth Sonnet
--XXI
--Eleventh Sonnet
--XXII
--Twelfth Sonnet
--Thirteenth Sonnet
--XXIII
--Second Canzone
--XXIV
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Luís Blue Yorkie
Vita Nuova is a kind of journey back in Dante's life since he met Beatrice for the first time in nine years until sees her again after 9 years. Among them there will never be anything but a sweet greeting - but just this, combined with the vision of the woman, to arouse in him an incredible happiness and a deep love.
Dante, with the intention to hide from friends, worried and intrigued by this state of mind, the true identity of the young man, pretending to be in love with two other girls. But th
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David
Jun 28, 2010 David added it
It doesn’t much matter what the reality is when you are holding a dialogue in your mind with another part of your mind that has its roots in something that was in fact once real and refuses to depart. In the final analysis one experiences only oneself, and our life is no dream but it ought to become one and perhaps will. A part of us functions in the phantasmagoria which we call the everyday world, but another part holds on to memories and ideals which it instinctively knows are infinitely more ...more
Rick Davis
Jan 12, 2011 Rick Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
True love is theological. This is the conclusion one reaches while reading this early work of the writer of the Divine Comedy. Dante Alighieri wrote La Vita Nuova at the age of twenty-six, shortly after the death of his beloved Beatrice.

On the surface this book is simply a collection of love poetry, displaying all the conventions of courtly love. Boy meets girl. Boy loves girl. Boy is too overcome with a sense of his own unworthiness to ever speak to girl. Girl dies. The end. However, below the
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Yani
Dec 29, 2012 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: universidad
Fundamental para entender la Divina Comedia . Y es un texto muy ameno para leer.
Gertrude & Victoria
New Life by Dante Alighieri is one of the most elegant short works of poetry and prose in Western literature. This book is around eighty pages, but it is one that inspires the spirit eternally. This work precedes Dante's timeless masterpiece Divine Comedy by over ten years, and if you want a glimpse into that work, but don't have the time to read that lengthy collection now, this work will completely satisfy your needs. It is the perfect starting point into the beautiful world of classical Itali ...more
Najibah Abu Bakar
Artikel-artikel sastera selalu saja menyebut nama Dante; sampai dia kelihatan begitu agung dengan Divine Comedy (DC). Rupa-rupanya lebih awal lagi, dia menulis La Vita Nuova - sebuah luahan cinta yang penuh perasaan kerana jatuh hati dengan seorang gadis bernama Beatrice (namanya bermakna 'yang memberi restu').

Mengikut pendahuluan dalam buku ini, DC itu sendiri merupakan rentetan pengalaman spiritualnya semasa jatuh cinta dan juga selepas kematian Beatrice. Pengalaman spiritual yang bermula dari
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Being an ardent fan of Dante's time in Hell I felt I had to read Vita Nuova if only to round off my appreciation of the great man... I wish I hadn't.
This is the book about his love for Beatrice. Dante describes how he met her, yearned for her and then how, when she died, raised his love onto a higher plane. I was genuinely surprised to find that it is a combination of prose and poetry. Dante describes certain events and then tells of the poems that these events inspired and then gives us the po
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L.
Feb 24, 2013 L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

فيتا نووفا ... كتاب يصف فيه "دانتي" حبه العذري ل"بياتريشي" ... حب من طرف واحد ف"بياتريشي" كانت لا تعلم بهذه العواطف الجياشة التي يحملها دانتي له

ألَّف هذا الكتاب بعد موت "بياتريشي" وسرد فيه ذكرياته التي كانت عبارة عن مجموعة من الأشعار القصيرة التي أرفقها بشرح للمناسبة التي ألَّفها بها
كان الرقم تسعه هو صدفة هذا الحب .. فحين رآها للمرة الأولى كان هو ينهي عامة التاسع وهي تدخله، وحين يحلم بها عندما يستيقظ من حلمه يجد أن الساعة كانت التاسعة، وعندما يمرض من حبها يستمر مرضه لتسعة أيام ........وكان موته
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Khaldun Saleem
Apr 09, 2015 Khaldun Saleem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لي هسه ما مستوعب انو اكو شخص يوصل حبه للدرجة الي يحجي عنها دانتي، بحيث من تقرا توكف عدة مرات و تكول وي نفسك "عود صدك !!".
الكتاب حلو اذا استوعبت الكميات الضخمة من المشاعر الي يوضفها دانتي بقصائده لباتريشي. بالنسبة الي استمتعت اغلب الاحيان باسلوبه بصنع القصائد و الاشارات الي يخليهن بالاضافة الى الاحداث الي الهمته اياها، بس اوكف مرات عند كتابات و اكولها بصورة مسموعه "شلقصة".
شي آخر عن الكتاب، وانا اقرا بي، كان احد تلفزيونات البيت مفتوح و كان رياض احمد يغني بحزن:
ماغمض جفني ولا نشف
دمعي روى جمع السلف
م
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Luka Račić
Jan 26, 2015 Luka Račić rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ako pročitate ovo divno delo formalno napisano po ugledu na "Utehu Filozofije" u vidu prozimetruma, napunićete baterije lepim stihovima o ljubavi i istinskoj strasti; ne onakvoj kakvu viđamo u ljubavnim romanima, ili generalno - romanima, već vrlo jedinstvenoj i neuobičajenoj ljubavnoj priči.

Remek-delo srednjovekovne i nadolazeće novostilističke poezije, matematike i sholasticizma, ne samo Dantea i njegovih bliskih prijatelja, već i večitih uzora, poznorimskih filozofa koje je čitao, podražavao
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حسين إسماعيل
ما أروع أن يُخلّد الهيامُ بقلم دانتي.
Lamia
Jun 07, 2013 Lamia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"فيتا نووفا" أو الحياة الجديدة : كما قال دانتي واسمه كتيب وصف فيه حبه لبياتريشي وهناك من يقول إنه ليس اسمها الحقيقي وإنما اسم تخفى وراءه دانتي حتى لا يسبب لها الحرج لأن كلاهما كان متزوج.ارجح لإن الأحداث كانت في العصور الوسطى وما للكنيسة من أراء حول ذلك وأيضا كما يقول دانتي بإنها من أسرة معروفة.

كان حب دانتي لباتريشي ليس من أجل الفوز أو الهزيمة بحبها لأنه لم يذكر زوجها أو زوجته بإي عبارات أو شعر إنما كان خالصا لباتريشي..

توفت بياتريشي وهي 26 من عمرها وحزن دانتي حزنًا حتى قال فيها " صارت المدينة أر
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Sura  ✿
Oct 29, 2015 Sura ✿ rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-شعر
Dante was able to - passionately- love when he was only 9 years old more than i do when i'm 22 :P
Matthew
Jan 21, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I'm glad I came across this. It has a very strange form to it. It reads more or less like Dante's personal journal as he describes his devotion to and adoration of a woman. It takes the reader to a time and place where intelligent friends would exchange sonnets and wrestle with emotions through poetry and devote themselves without shame to fanatical loves that could never be consummated - what's explained in the introduction as 'courtly love'. For Dante, it's very much like an alternate form of ...more
A-Ile Self-hallucination
Mar 03, 2016 A-Ile Self-hallucination rated it it was amazing
بعد عشرة أعوام، يجب أن يعيد الشخص عملاً مثل فيتا نووفا.
أذكر القراءة الأولى، كانت جديّة إلى حدود الإبهار. بعد عشرة أعوام، تقرأ فيتا نووفا وأنت تضحك.
أضحكني دانتي، أستطاع أن يقدّم لي ما لم أفهمه سابقاً. الضحك ليس سخرية من عمل عظيم، بل السعادة المفرطة التي يقدمها لك.
رغم الألم الذي كتبه في فيتا نووفا، ومشاعره الجياشة اتجاه حبيبته، إلا أن ذلك لا يمنع الضحك.
الضحك من عبقرية جنونه.
يكتب دانتي إحساسه، ويصف اللحظات المهمة بعلاقته مع بياتريشي، ثم يتلو علينا قصائده، ثم يشرح بإسهاب ما أراد قوله في القصائد.
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Intransigence
Jul 22, 2014 Intransigence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verse
Regardless of translation, what a beautiful text this is to read in the while listening to composer Paul Cassidy’s ‘Vide cor meum’, based as it is upon a sonnet in chapter three of Vita Nuova which is, this being a translation by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1899), rendered thus:

To every heart which the sweet pain doth move,
And unto which these words may now be brought
For true interpretation and kind thought,
Be greeting in our Lord’s name, which is Love.
Of those long hours wherein the stars, above,
Wa
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Hawra
Aug 19, 2013 Hawra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
في "فيتا نوفا" ينظم دانتي أليغييري قصة السيدة التي أخذت من عمره وأنفاسه الكثير "بياتريشي" في حب عفيف وطاهر بل وروحاني يندر أن تجد مثله في الكتب. فبالرغم من أن دانتي وبياتريشي كانا كلاهما متزوجين إلا أن حب دانتي لبياتريشي كان من طرفه فقط، ولا نجد لبياتريشي دور سوى مرورها بجوار أو أمام دانتي والقائها التحية. من كلمات بسيطة ولقاءات عابرة جاءت هذه القصائد الملتهبة بالحب.

كما لا نغفل عن روحانية دانتي العميقة والملفتة التي أثرت في شعره، فهو يرى منامات وخيالات وأوهام مما يجعله يسترسل في ابداعه سواء في
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Alta
Ho letto La Vita Nuova con un sentimento di piacer intellettuale miscolato di divertimento. Piacere perché leggendo Dante vediamo che anche oggi abbiamo la stessa sensibilità; divertimento perché la ripetizione del numero nove e la fissazione di Dante con lui sono divertente. Lui aveva nove anni quando ha visto Beatrice per la prima volta. Poi, loro si sono incontrati nove anni dopo. “It was precisely the ninth hour of that day, three o’clock in the afternoon” (p. 5) Dunque: nove anni dopo, nove ...more
Manetto
Mar 27, 2012 Manetto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think that Reynolds's translation is better than Musa's although it is rather stiff, especially in the poems. The prose is more elegant and there is at least an attempt to render the poems as poems. Reynolds follows the rhymes schemes and uses meter--worthy goals--but often does so mechanically, with no feeling for rhythm or for subtler poetic effects of the originals.

Her notes are very skimpy. After reading both Reynolds's and Musa's editions, I felt I wanted to know much more about the Vita
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Siria
Jun 05, 2007 Siria rated it it was ok
This short little work is well worth reading if you want to know more about the origins of Dante's love affair with Beatrice - or, more accurately, if you want to read about the edited representation of the origins of his love which Dante presents. In many ways, this is my least favourite of Dante's works. Although to his contemporaries, Dante's inclusion of commentary upon the poems was revolutionary, to modern eyes, they appear rather trite and self-evident ("The first section of the poem appe ...more
Ale Rivero
Nov 20, 2014 Ale Rivero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sabía bastante de lo que habían sido los sentimientos de Dante por su amada Beatriz, pero verlos plasmados por su propia mano ha resultado ser mucho más romántico, y la facción de poeta del autor me ha gustado mucho. La vita nuova puede no tener el poder de La Divina Comedia, pero sin suda es una parte importante en la obra del autor y nos permite ver cómo fue su desarrollo como tal. Recomendable
Mike Jensen
Mar 28, 2015 Mike Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one agrees, but I think this is Dante's greatest work. It seems to be genuinely from the heart, whether it is or not, and so I find it beautiful. Largely absent is seething hatred and revenge strategies that ruin THE DIVINE COMEDY for me.
Odette
Feb 08, 2014 Odette rated it really liked it
Beautiful and interesting. Dante was a true gentleman.
Guilherme
A obra La Vita Nuova é uma das mais icônicas do fim da Idade Média, escrita por um dos maiores escritores e poetas de todos os tempos. Dante Alighieri é um de poucos autores cuja obra é maior que o próprio autor: muitos já ouviram da Divina Comédia, poucos da Vida Nova.
Em primeiro lugar é difícil definir um gênero específico para a obra, já que ela mistura prosa e poesia. O livro é composto de uma narrativa que parece autobiográfica enquanto o narrador lança mão de uma série de poemas (sonetos e
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Urvashi Katiyar
Mar 24, 2016 Urvashi Katiyar rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"But it is true that the Vita Nuova is a book which only youth could have produced, and which must chiefly remain sacred to the young; to each of whom the figure of Beatrice, less lifelike than lovelike, will seem the friend of his own heart"

Dante's early life autobiography, written in a purely reverent tone as he remembers Beatrice, testifies that memory is the eye of the imagination and our mind outweighs our reality. Reading like a religious text, Vita Nuova is the most romantic work I have
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Kevin
Jul 27, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
So, often times when I read works like this I am asked if I am reading it for school. The inquirer's reasoning faculty is then generally broken once I answer, "No, I'm reading it for fun." My tone, matter of fact, dispels any doubt that this response is not facetious and that I choose to read such works for my own personal enjoyment. Conversation becomes impossible, and the unwelcome interloper is banished leaving me to contemplate the transcedental properities of poetry and its transforming eff ...more
Adamo Lanna
Sep 04, 2010 Adamo Lanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia, 200
Dante sta sul cazzo a un sacco di gente ma a me sta simpatico. Quel vestitino rosso che gli disegnano addosso è uno schifo ma le sue poesie sono incantevoli. Io ci ho goduto a leggere la vita nova. Certo, Beatrice aveva 9 anni o 6 o 12 a chi la vogliono far credere questa palla non lo so, ma poi chi se ne frega? Tu leggi questo libro e poi ti viene voglia di scrivere sonetti. Che poi i tuoi faranno 100 volte più schifo è irrilevante, e poi tu non conosci nessuna Beatrice, perciò sarà per quello.
Maan Kawas
Oct 09, 2014 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing
An enchanting masterpiece about courtly love by the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri that is filled with love and sublime emotions! The book is a combination of prose and verse in which Dante expresses and tells about his great love to the graceful Beatrice Portinari. The book includes many sonnets and canzoni and a ballad, in addition to prose. Dante talks about his encounters with Beatrice, which formed a ‘new life’ (vita nuova) to him, then he describes his happiness and joyful feelings and ...more
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“In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.”
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