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This is a translation of 60 poems from Petrarch's Canzoniere, readable as English verse but also faithful to Petrarchan technique and structure, with a mixture of full rhyme and half-rhymes. The selection includes poetry from the first and second parts of the Canzoniere (known as 'in vita' and 'in mote') and includes samples of all the various forms - the dominant sonnet a...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 171 pages
Published October 31st 2002 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1374)
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Beluosus
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.
Rose
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
Celine
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...more
Galicius
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...more
Cameron
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."

Shawn Bird
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
Ivana
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
Nemanja
18, 30, 61, 126, 134, 218, 250, 267, 365
Ainsley
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
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.
Marlies
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.
Loreto
si algún hombre me escribiera como Petrarca lo hizo con Laura...me casaría con él, sin pensarlo.
Matthieu
Read during the great Dante phase. I knew a Laura too, Francesco.
Gino
Read It and studied it in Italian Fac de Lyon, long time ago
Let
Petrarca al giorno d'oggi... senza dubbio arrestato per stalking!
Matteo Zenatti
Praticamente sempre in uso.
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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.” 72 likes
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