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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
Dec 06, 2013 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


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
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...more
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

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
"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...more
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
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,
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...more
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...more
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
Luka Račić
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...more
Beautiful and interesting. Dante was a true gentleman.
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
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.
Gabe Lanciano
The three-star rating is not because of the work itself but because of the translation. I don't speak any Italian but it seems as though, being a composition of both prose and poetry, the Vita Nuova relied on its language to hold the initial interest of the reader. Nothing against Mark Musa, I'm sure he did the best one can with it.
The genius of the Vita Nuova is much like the genius of the Divine Comedy in micro. It is a true "encyclopedia" (circle of knowledge) that joins all the medieval lib...more
Among the melodrama and general poetic air of Dante's love affair for--and I do mean for rather than with--Beatrice, there is real feeling. He loved her. Her death hit him hard. He felt guilty for getting over her. Among the canzones and sonnets, deep in the dissection of the number nine and how it signified in the life and death of his love, Dante shows us deep humanity.

He really was an excellent poet. Something I think that gets overlooked when discussing his religion.
This edition of Vita Nuova gets either 2 stars or 5, depending on what you're reading it for. For anyone who has a decent grasp of Italian and wants to read the original with a facing, literal translation, this is the one to read. I looked long and hard for a dual language book of this, and this is the one I found. Don't get it for the translation alone, though. There are better translations out there if you're not looking to read the original language simultaneously.
"La Vita Nuova" means, perhaps obviously, "the new life". This little autobiographical work is essential for anyone gearing up to read Dante's "Comedy" for two reasons: style and history.

On the surface, "La Vita Nuova" is about the blessing of Beatrice. It is both prose and poetry woven into a memoir-esque fiction about the effect of the beatific Beatrice on Dante's life as a whole. That is why, in my mind, Dante's style is covers multiple genres. The darling light of Love shines in all corners...more
If this is to be considered Dantean juvenilia, it stands as a decent, if unpolished, work. Considered on its own merits, this is awkward, bombastic and poorly written; the prosemetric is annoying, and Dante seems to be desperately trying to enamor us with his conceits. Tiresome.
Exquisite. Read the poems without delay. Don't read them on the tube because your heart will stop. Read them under moonlight, branches, a cold breeze. Notice your reflection as it disappears on a tide of glass.
Juan Carlos R. Rossi
Todos tenemos una Beatriz.

Spesse fiate vegnonmi a la mente
le oscure qualità ch'Amor mi dona,
e venmene pietà, sì che sovente
io dico: 'Lasso! avviene elli a persona?';

ch'Amor m'assale subitanamente,
sì che la vita quasi m'abbandona:
campami un spirto vivo solamente,
e que' riman perché di voi ragiona.

Poscia mi sforzo, ché mi voglio atare;
e così smorto, d'onne valor voto,
vegno a vedervi, credendo guerire:

e se io levo li occhi per guardare,
nel cor mi si comincia uno tremoto,
che fa de' polsi l'anima pa...more
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
Romantic love would definitely have a of dire "diagnosis" nowadays, if it still existed. Dante is about to expire, every three days, just from the DANGER of actually seeing his pure and unsullied love, let alone touching her napkin. (Literally, he almost has a heart attack when he gets within 120 feet of her. And he's quite young! Maybe 19.) There's lots of obsessive thinking in this series of 13th century essays, and no one would predict this dude would go on to write the greatest poem in histo...more

Renaissance is one of my favourite art periods, so I'm not surprised I enjoyed this book. I got pretty much what I expected. A quick read, relatively short( part prose, part poetry) it speaks mostly about Dante's love for Beatrice. Not the kind of romantic love most of us is used to... Dante's love is connected with spirituality and this mixing of theology with love is something I found to be quite fascinating.

I've read somewhere that Vita Nouva is essential for understanding the context of Dant...more
Iván Leija
Dec 14, 2013 Iván Leija rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interesados en Dante o en el amor cortés.
Podemos recordar las cosas que hacemos cuando vemos fotos o videos, pero lo que pensamos requiere otro medio: la escritura. La vida nueva, aparte de contener la esencia de la relación Dante-Beatriz (de la cual en este momento no me atrevo a hablar), es un tipo de diario con el que todo introvertido se puede identificar, que además de gustar por sí mismo deja al lector con un formato para documentar su vida del mismo modo.

Aquí la última parte del libro, mi favorita:

"Oltre la spera che più larga g...more
"La Vita Nuova" is Dante's own collection of some of his early poetry, along with long prose sections discussing his poems. The poems are, on the surface, intense love poems to his beloved Beatrice. I have no doubt that at some point in his life, Dante must have been inspired by a Beatrice to write really intense love poetry. After a while, though, it feels like Beatrice becomes more of an idealized "type" (i.e., the perfect woman...virtuous, humble, beautiful, etc) than a real person, and thus...more
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...more
Musa's introduction prepared me well for what I was to find inside, noting that Dante's expository style "is less enjoyable in a narrative" than in a philosophical work like Convivio. It hardly seemed to be a narrative at all to me; more like an author analyzing his own poetry.

For, if any one should dress his poem in images and rhetorical coloring and then, being asked to strip his poem of such dress in order to reveal its true meaning, would not be able to do so--this would be a veritable caus
To me this story is one of a kind. Dante has written hundreds of book so it’s unsure where this one places, but it is one of his greatest pieces of work. This book has stories that can relate to your average love, but for the most part it is the most unique love story I have ever encountered. Dante’s work usually involves a mixture of religion and passion which makes his stories so unique.
This story is about a man’s secret love for what he perceives to be the most gracious lady he had ever seen...more
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Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he...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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