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Complete Poems and Selected Letters

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"Mr. Gilbert has been right in following what he calls the principle of 'complete fidelity.' The original beauty of the sound may be lost, but at least the thoughts and the ideas are saved, something which is scarcely true even of such illustrious translations as those of Emerson or Wordsworth." -The New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 21st 1980 by Princeton University Press (first published June 1st 1980)
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Michelangelo was such an interesting person. This book really gives you an insight into his relationship with his family and his financial troubles. His poetry is absolutely beautiful.
James Violand
Jul 02, 2014 James Violand rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists, anyone.
Shelves: own
We knew he was brilliant as a sculptor and painter. He shows his art in the written word as well. Interesting.
Like his works in general, his poetry leaves you speechless.
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“O night, O sweetest time, though black of hue,
with peace you force all the restless work to end;
those who exalt you see and understand,
and he is sound of mind who honours you.
You cut the thread of tired thoughts, for so
you offer calm in your moist shade; you send
to this low sphere the dreams where we ascend
up to the highest, where I long to go.
Shadow of death that brings to quiet close
all miseries that plague the heart and soul,
for those in pain the last and best of cures;
you heal the flesh of its infirmities,
dry and our tears and shut away our toil,
and free the good from wrath and fretting cares.”
“Precious is sleep, better to be of stone,
while the oppression and the shame still last;
not seeing and not hearing, I am blest;
so do not wake me, hush! keep your voice down.”
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