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Selections from the Canzoniere: And Other Works

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This entirely new translation includes Petrarch's short autobiographical prose works, The Letter to Posterity and The Ascent of Mount Ventoux, and a selection of twenty-seven poems from the Canzoniere, Petrarch's best-known work in Italian.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 5th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1336)
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Andrei Tamaş

Am obosit de când mă-ntreb cu gândul
cum n-obosesc gândindu-mă la tine,
și cum de rabd povara de suspine
când firul vieții-mi pot scurta curmându-l,
și cum vorbind de ochii tăi, de blândul
tău chip mereu, nu piere glasu-n mine,
nu-mi seacă limba, sângele în vine
chemându-te zile și nopți de-a rândul,
cum de mai pot bieții mei pași să bată
cărările pe urma ta domoală,
cum nu-s sătui zadarnic să se zbată,
și cum de încă nu-mi găsesc cerneală
ca să te cânt: Iubirea-i vinovată
dac-am dat greș; în artă nu-i greșe
Justin Evans
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-and-drama
A model selected poems, inasmuch as it's short, contains a couple of prose pieces, and every single poem is worth reading. This is particularly impressive, inasmuch as I don't care at all about love poetry... and Petrarch launched more love poets than any one else, ever. But that's because he's so good, even if his epigones are not.

Of the two prose pieces, the 'Letter to Posterity' is less essential; Mark Musa's lovely introduction is more readable, and gives you the same information. But 'The
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
коли лаура помирає, петрарка й не думає припиняти писати їй вірші. зрештою, якщо зважити на те, що після смерті вона якась навіть прихильніша до нього, ніж за життя (дбає про нього з небес, приходить як видиво в кімнату тощо), це й зрозуміло: ідеальна жінка набула остаточної досконалості, а поетичний потенціал тої трансцендентної прірви, що пролягла між нею й поетом, значно більший, ніж у розлук земних. петрарка переконаний, що в раю вона з радістю прийме того, хто так її любив, і, звісно, ніког ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-italiana, poesía

Debo haber leído la peor edición en el continente (no la de Alianza). Y sin embargo... acá pasaron cosas.

Paz no encuentro, y no tengo armas de guerra;
temo y espero; ardiendo, estoy helado;
vuelo hasta el cielo, pero yazgo en tierra;
no estrecho nada, al mundo así abrazado.

Quien me aprisiona no me abre ni cierra,
por suyo no me da, ni me ha soltado;
y no me mata Amor ni me deshierra,
ni quiere verme vivo ni acabado.

Sin lengua ni ojos veo y voy gritando;
auxilio pido, y en morir me empeño;
me odio
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today I finished reading Petrarch’s large collection of poems entitled, “Canzoniere,” consisting mostly of sonnets and including canzones, sestinas (among my favorites, the sestina being a verse form made up “of six stanzas of six lines, concluding with a three-line tornata that repeats all of the rhymes of the poem, each stanza using six different words in end-rhyme position repeated in a different end position in all six stanzas: abcdef/faebdc/cfdabe/ecbfad/deacfb/bdfeca” a form obviously havi ...more
TITOLO: "Me Medesmo Meco. E poi?"

Dopo la lettura di Andrea Scanzi, ho deciso di passare all'opera di un altro autore che, sebbene qualche secolo prima, trova i suoi natali nella città d'Arezzo.

Non è famoso quanto Andrea, il Petrarca, ma poco ci manca. Di certo, noi che ascoltiamo in rime sparse il suono sappiamo tutto del suo poetare, del suo splendido camminare nella valle verde dell'endecasillabo: e che sia sciolto o meno, poco importa, ecco.

Sappiamo tutto della perfezione del sonetto, della c
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Adamo Lanna
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 300, poesia
No sinceramente L'aura, Laura, Lauro, La aura stop. Abbiamo capito. Sei in fissa. Rassegnati: è sposata, vive ad Avignone, non ti ha mai cacato. Rassegnati! Scrivi altro, facci un favore. Il secretum è così bello, perché? Molto meglio i sonetti quando non parli di Laura, ma assai. Nei hai fatti tipo 365, uno per l'anno, ecco facci un calendario. Ma togliti Laura dalla testa, che è una battaglia persa.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Left me completely breathless! I'm not a huge fan of poetry nor do I enjoy love themes, but the way Petrarch portrays his love towards Laura is simply heartbreaking! Everyone has at least once felt in the same position as him and I don't know about anyone else but I just felt like his heart was singing the same familiar song through his sonnets...
Mel Bossa
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0010-poetry
This is much more than a long love poem to Laura, but the musings of a great mind on destiny, the choices we make, and just how honest we decide to be with ourselves.

According to what history says about Petrarch, he was a man divided by a quest to live a simple life of beauty and contemplation, and a relentless need to participate in Italian politics (which in his time were bloody and unbelievably unpredictable as any Game of Thrones episode). He had hopes of returning the papacy to Rome where
Heidi (KosminenK)
Laura on vaalea kaunis ylpeä nainen, jonka sonettien kirjoittaja on nähnyt kirkossa ja johon rakastuu täydellä teholla. Kokoelmassa on kaksi osaa, joista jälkimmäinen on kirjoitettu Lauran menehdyttyä. Ei ole tietoa, oliko Laura todellinen henkilö Petrarcan runomuusana, ja sillä ei ole minulle edes väliä. En ole ihan varma, että mihin tarkalleen Lauran ihailu perustuu, mutta kohtaamisen hetkessä on jotakin maagista, joka on tehnyt syvän vaikutuksen. Tunteet jäävät Lauran eläessä yksipuolisiksi, ...more
Jo Walton
This is a good translation, and the original Italian is easily available free, so they can be read together, which you'll want to do because a lot of Petrarch's cleverness here is with language. There's no point reading "The gentle breeze, the golden curls, the laurel tree" without realising it says "L'aura, l'aureo, lauro" or "Laura Laura Laura", though since most of these sonnets say "Laura Laura Laura" you could probably figure it out. Oh that's unfair, but I like Petrarch best when he is not ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italo
petrarca as founder of tourism. the tourist knows where he will go. the traveller knows where he was. easter 2007 i spent in the dolomites. i visited a friend called loris (laurel). he told me that it's his birthday april the 8th. so we had a little party. also my sister happened to be there. if you look at the dates in the sonnets of petrarch they kick off on good friday april the 6th when he sees laura for the first time. they end on april 8 on easter. he receives his laurel in the end. so in ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This started out as a rather lovely book of short essays and poems. Perfectly charming and easy to read. Then sh!t got real. By the middle of the book I was entranced by Petrarch's beautiful and poignant imagery and metaphor. I can only imagine how beautifully it reads in Italian. And how stirring it would have been as a novel approach to verse writing at the time of its creation. Beautiful.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
una delle raccolte più intense della mia vita. piacerebbe anche a me trovare la mia Laura. Ancora ci spero. Una poesia al giorno, per 366 giorni. È stata un'esperienza davvero intensa. L'ho anche trovatoin streaming gratuito su questo sito: Canzoniere
Fabiola Fulco Salazar
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Este libro fue una especie de karma para mí, se me hizo interminable. Sin embargo, la poesía de Petrarca lo valió. Laura no solo vive a través de sus versos sino que él acabó viviendo gracias a ella. Ilusión sin equivalencia histórica, constructo simbólico o cualquiera que haya sido el fin de Laura... sin duda está latente en todo el Cancionero, así como la genialidad del poeta que lo compuso.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poets
Shelves: classics
Every time I read one of Petrarch's poems, I am amazed! I love the romance and the beauty of each of his poems. The fact that he was able to write all these wonderful sonnets about one brief moment (or even sight) of an Italian woman, still gives me chills.
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiano
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.
Victoria Hawco
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suck it up Petrarch.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sempre stupendo, fin dai tempi del liceo. L'ho ritrovato gratis su Yeerida, Canzoniere
Matthew Platakos
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first exposure to the famous Italian poet and humanist, Petrarch. This book is a small collection of his works which I think beautifully sum up his life and work.

There are three parts in this edition: The Letter to Posterity, Ascent of Mont Ventoux and a selection of works from the Canzoniere. The first is an autobiographical piece that is written with fabulous wit and detail. The second is a more philosophical and religious piece, which I did not enjoy as much as the first. The thir
Alise Jirgensone
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
poet and his muse - more than a love story
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This Oxford World's Classics edition of Petrarch's poetry contains two letters (his famous letter to his Parisian confessor, "The Ascent of Mont Ventoux," & his "Letter to Posterity") as well as a selection of pieces from his 366-poem Song Book, Il Canzoniere (pronounced CanzoNIEre). The Song Book was largely inspired by Petrarch's adoration of and love for Laura de Noves. Petrarch was a highly introspective man, and in the songs he charts his shifting feelings for Laura from the moment he f ...more
Chiara Arisio
Le poesie sono belle, ma il linguaggio del Trecento le rende un po' ostiche e difficili da comprendere. Peccato, se non si è perfettamente informa non si riesce ad apprezzare a pieno
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petrarch is one of the most important poets in the European tradition, but the reason I bought this volume was to read 'The Ascent of Mount Ventoux', the letter detailing his ascent of the mountain in the company of his brother and two servants, generally regarded as the first substantial account of climbing a mountain in existing literature. I am a devotee of mountain literature, so this was a necessary text for me, and it didn't disappoint. The book is worth it for this one piece. His 'Letter ...more
Maan Kawas
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating collection of Petrarch’s Canzoniere that demonstrates the poets mastery and talents! Although the main theme of the collection is the poet’s love to Laura, who inspired him these Canzoniere, still these poems addresses different issues and themes. The poet talks about his first meeting with Laura and his falling in love at first sight with her, his suffering in love, the unrequited love, the paradox of pleasure and pain he experienced as a result of his love. However, the Canzonier ...more
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
Timothy Lawrence
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"If I can love with such a glowing faith
a bit of mortal and corrupted dust,
how greatly will I love a noble thing?"

I don't often reread books – there are too many of them for that – but since graduating college, I've been more inclined to return to those that were deeply significant in my younger years (God, what a pretentious turn of phrase). Any of my high school classmates can attest, probably with laughter, that the Canzoniere was hugely impactful for me, and it was extremely rewarding to rer
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