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Sonnets of Michelangelo

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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published September 15th 2002 by Routledge (first published January 1st 1950)
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Michelangelo has been one of my favorite artists for many years. I've seen a few of his works in person. The David in Florence literally took my breath away: I still remember turning the corner in the Accademia and seeing it at the end of the hallway and just not being able to believe it. The Pieta in the Vatican brought tears to me eyes. I always feel Michelangelo's emotion and what he put into his statues. I enjoy his painting too (I mean, come on, the Sistine Ceiling? The Last Judgment? There ...more
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Michael Angelo Buonarroti, The Sonnets of Michael Angelo (Gramercy Publishing, 1948)

It is (or it should be) a truism that one cannot review a translated book of poetry as a book of poetry; one must review it as a translation. So I'm not really reviewing The Sonnets of Michael Angelo, I'm reviewing John Addington Symonds' translation of said sonnets. After all—especially in a book that is not presented bilingually, with the originals on one page and the translations facing—it's difficult to know
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These sonnets are simply brilliant. They provide a wonderfully eloquent glimpse of man's struggle with love, pain, guilt, and God.

Michelangelo might be famous for his artwork, but I am astounded that he is not more famous for his poetry.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
from passionate love to passionate remorse..from women to God and the fear of death to faith and regret..
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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance period who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered as the greatest living artist in his lifetime, he has since been held as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in th ...more

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