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Gerusalemme liberata

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  625 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Col soccorso del classico commento di Bruno Maier, ritorna nella BUR il più grande, il più inquieto, il più ombroso, forse l'unico poema possibile nel mondo moderno. Questa nuova edizione si apre con un capitale saggio di Ezio Raimondi che offre la più complessa interpretazione moderna del Tasso. La << Gerusalemme liberata>> è indagata con tutte le possibili ar ...more
Paperback, 2 volumi indivisibili, 782 pages
Published October 23rd 1996 by BUR Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli (first published 1581)
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Absolutely beautiful work, and my favorite epic poem - hands down.

I had never heard of this work until I took a class called "From Homer to Star Wars" in which we, as the name implies, started with Homer's epics, and followed major epics through to Star Wars. There are several comments which I wish to make about this incredible piece.

1) The poetry is incredible: The description of Satan put my hair on end and left me speechless. Also, note the brilliance of the description of the soldiers march
Nov 25, 2013 Fil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics
A true epic, in scope and delivery and Wickert's work is what every translator should strive for.

This is a highly fictionalised rendering of the First Crusade's taking of Jerusalem. Hints of 'The Iliad' and 'The Aeneid' are everywhere, although Tasso's depiction of war is more somber and less heroic. His evil council of Hell in turn influenced Milton's 'Paradise Lost'.

Godfrey of Bouillon, heroic Tancred and invincible Rinaldo vie for supremacy with the likes of Solyman the Sultan, unstoppable A
Grandiose! terriblement plaisant.
Jan 24, 2014 Suzannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review at Vintage Novels.

"Reading Tasso I was struck by how similar epic poems are to the modern epic blockbuster movie. Think of the Ridley Scott-style oevre. You have blithe disregard for historical accuracy, unbelievable feats of arms, and completely apocryphal romance subplots, often starring hilariously waiflike action girls who mow down enemies by the score.

Believe it or not, when our forefathers sat down to write blockbuster poems, this was more or less the approach they took, and Ta
Petruccio Hambasket IV
I can't sing enough praise for the 20 cantos that Tasso laid down for us in 1581. I already thought that 'Orlando Furioso' was a clear cut masterpiece and this might just be better in terms of late renaissance Italian work. Glory and tragedy is rendered through poetic stanzas which depict a highly imaginary crusader setting. You can open this textbook size book and flip to any given page, point at a block of text and be blown away by Tasso's poetic ability (and thats without context plus transla ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Milton, Spenser, Dante, Virgil, Homer or Ariosto
Beautiful and captivating, even in the (often rhyming) verse translation expertly, brilliantly executed by Anthony Esolen. I never thought that I'd enjoy a verse translation of anything so much.

I thought I was reading another tale in the Carolingian Cycle, especially because one of the main characters has the same name as one of Charlemagne's foremost knights, and because Tasso's name constantly occurs beside that of Ludovico Ariosto, author of Orlando Furioso. Instead this story takes place dur
Adamo Lanna
Sep 18, 2010 Adamo Lanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia, 500
La Gerusalemme Liberata è un libro denso come una cioccolata calda. In ottave, certo, embè? L'ottava ha un grande potere, che è quello di dare a te il ritmo di lettura. L'ottava decide al posto tuo quanto a lungo devi leggere prima di fermarti o prima di soffermarti.
Rispetto a quelle dell'Ariosto qui c'è maggiore corposità, sono meno ariose, più lente e meditate, piene di sofferenza. Ci sono tante storie che si intrecciano con legami più stretti, ci sono uomini che si sacrificano, donne che si s
Apr 29, 2009 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: geeks
SO, this story is kind of ridiculous (and, obviously, I would have liked it more had it been about Philippe Auguste) but it's also incredibly vibrant. Nash has a very readable prose translation, and the footnotes indicate he also has a genuine affection for the work, which is nice. As epics go, it rates below the Odyssey, but above the Iliad and Virgil, and definitely above Roland and the Cid. I'd like to read Ariosto and Boiardo now, because (I know this means Cervantes will never forgive me) I ...more
Zackery Arbela
Apr 22, 2012 Zackery Arbela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the last decade or so, fantasy fiction has emerged from a geeky underground genre to become a real cultural force in it;s own right. Go into any bookstore (or just check the Amazon sales rankings...) and you'll see and endless line of titles featuring wizards, warlocks, damsels in distress (or causing distress) and the whole sword swinging, shining knight and evil wizard deal providing fuel to the imagination. Any day of the week you can turn on a tv or head into a movie theatee and see CGI ...more
Thom Swennes
Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) wrote Jerusalem Delivered in 1575 (published in 1581). This poetic epic can easily be compared to the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer. Even though Tasso isn’t a household name, his works have weathered the test of time and are still highly inspirational. Basically Jerusalem Delivered is an account of the First Crusade (1096-1099) to the Holy Lands. I admit that epic poetry isn’t my primary forte but I can still see the literary value in this antiquated historical work. This ...more
Roman Clodia
Jun 10, 2016 Roman Clodia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Gerusalemme Liberata Tasso sets out, and succeeds, in writing what may be the quintessential Renaissance epic: drawing obviously on Homer and Vergil he doesn't just try to match classical epic but to over-reach it. By Christianising the heroic quest he gives a different kind of moral and spiritual framework to the genre which is both recognisable and transformed.

But this is no dry, dull read: exciting, dramatic and passionate, this is set during the first crusade as the Christian army bes
Czarny Pies
Apr 05, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone prepared to struggle throught the conventions of Renaissance Literature.
I strongly believe that all serious readers should at least once per year take a trip back in time to read something from another era. In this manner, Jerusalem Delivered is well worth considering

Jerusalem delivered is a great work which shows how close to the classical period European culture was during the Renaissance. In English translation, this epic poem written in Italian is very similar in feel to Virgil's Latin Epic the Aenid. The author who was a purely a man of letters writes intermina
James Violand
Jul 09, 2014 James Violand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
This is an epic poem about the First Crusade to liberate the Holy Land. Little read today, it was once consider a must read during the Renaissance. Tasso imitates Homer and Virgil in composing this work and pits love against duty within the main characters. A work that should be resurrected.
I've enjoyed my few encounters with epic poetry, and Jerusalem Delivered certainly delivers. The history packed into this drama of the first crusade is fascinating, and the fictional scenarios and characters only add to the tale.
Michael SaharaFrog
Most things I've read comparing Ariosto to Tasso seem to think Tasso the better poet. While I enjoyed this poem, I loved Ariosto. This is well worth the read - I just liked Orlando Furioso more.
Giuseppe Scavo
Jul 15, 2014 Giuseppe Scavo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
Sangue, sesso, guerra e dio, beh... lo suggerisco agli amanti del piccolo principe, di baricco, fabio volo et al.
I recommend Edward Fairfax's seventeenth-century translation, if you can find it.
Jay Eckard
Mar 17, 2013 Jay Eckard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably only going to be read with someone with an antiquarian interest -- I did because of its influence on English epics like The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost.

I didn't go into with very high hopes -- how can anyone now really get too excited about what is essentially a propaganda piece for the Catholic church's actions in the First Crusade? But I was fairly wrong. Tasso's poem is (at least in places) more complex than that. The Muslim foes are given what was to me a surprisin
Reading epic poetry is always difficult, but I was surprised at how easily I read Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. A story about love, war, magic, religion, hate; written in beautiful verse and holding some of the most touching poetry I've ever read. After getting used to the form, it turned into a real page-turner!
Dec 22, 2015 Chrisanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Flashy and beautiful but I feel like it would be better in Italian.

He carries some traditions from the Greek epics but also expands upon them. I'm not quite sure why it was recommended for a course on American literature though...
soooooo much of it is dull but armida is my favorite circe of all the circes in literature. including circe.
David Radavich
Jan 20, 2013 David Radavich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torquato Tasso is one of world's great poets, and JERUSALEM DELIVERED is his undeservedly neglected masterwork - although his short lyrics are absolutely exquisitie and I re-read them regularly. JERUSALEM DELIVERED tells the enchanting, disturbing story of the First Crusade with fanciful adornments but, like Homer's depiction of Hector in the ILIAD, surprisingly even-handed in depicting the nobility and essential dignity of the Sultan. A book to spend some time with, particularly given the curre ...more
Adele R.
3.5 stelline!
Note to self: Get the Fairfax translation. Here is why.

Using this edition:
Tra le altre cose, il commento di Franco Tomasi si segnala per la ricchezza dei riferimenti ai testi precedenti. Non soltanto Iliade e Eneide, ma Silio Italico o la Christias di Vida, che è comodo trovare a piè di pagina.
Apr 17, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adriana, are you there? You have to read this poem, it's hard to believe how beautiful the already-beautiful Italian can get.
Luís Corujo
Jul 01, 2012 Luís Corujo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lido bem perto do sítio onde foi declamado pela primeira vez: Castelo de Ferrara
Cristina Contilli
Aug 02, 2011 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting to see all the allusions to the Aeneid.
Richard Epstein
Nov 08, 2013 Richard Epstein rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never again. Please.
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Torquato Tasso (11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered) (1580), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem. He died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by ...more
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“Clorinda fui, né sol qui spirto umano
albergo in questa pianta rozza e dura,
ma ciascun altro ancor, franco o pagano,
che lassi i membri a piè de l'alte mura,
astretto è qui da novo incanto e strano,
non so s'io dica in corpo o in sepoltura.”
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Fa l'una e l'altra spada ovunque giugna,
Nell'arme e nelle carni! E se la vita
Non esce, sdegno tienla al petto unita.”
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