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The Canzoniere, or Rerum vulgarium fragmenta

Translated into verse with notes and commentary by Mark Musa. Introduction by Mark Musa, with Barbara Manfredi. Mark Musa

Publication Year: 1999

"Mark Musa, in editing and translating Petrarch’s Canzoniere, has performed a wonderful service to the English-speaking reader. Here, in one volume, are included the poet’s own selection of the best lyric verse he wrote throughout his life, accompanied by brief but useful notes... " —Chronicles

"As well as skillful and fluent verse renderings of the 366 lyrics that make up this milestone in the development of Western poetic tradition, Musa offers copious and up-to-date annotation to each poem... along with a substantial, sensitive, and intelligent introduction that is genuinely helpful for the first-time reader and thought provoking for Petrarch scholars and other medievalists." —Choice

The 366 poems of Petrarch’s Canzoniere represent one of the most influential works in Western literature. Varied in form, style, and subject matter, these "scattered rhymes" contains metaphors and conceits that have been absorbed into the literature and language of love. In this bilingual edition, Mark Musa provides verse translations, annotations, and an introduction co-authored with Barbara Manfredi.

Published by: Indiana University Press


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pp. ix-x

Petrarch took no chances. He left us an autographed copy of his Canzoniere. How lucky we are!
The Italian text for this edition of the lyric poems is edited from the diplomatic edition of the Vatican Library's codex Vat. Lat. 3195 by Ettore Modigliani (Rome, 1904), part of which was written by ...

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pp. xi-xxxvi

In the last months of Francesco Petrarca's life, in 1373-1374, nearly all of the goals he had set his heart on in his young manhood had failed to materialize. Peace was remote as war raged not far from the little town of Arqua where he lived (an ongoing conflict between Padua and Venice in which mercenary ...

The Canzoniere

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pp. 1-517

Notes and Commentary

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pp. 521-728

Works Cited

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pp. 729-731

Index of First Lines

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pp. 733-754


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pp. 755-759

E-ISBN-13: 9780253011954
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253213174

Page Count: 800
Publication Year: 1999

OCLC Number: 603676986
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Petrarch