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Poems

Francois Villon, translated from the French by David Georgi

Publication Year: 2013

One of the most original and influential European poets of the Middle Ages, François Villon took his inspiration from the streets, taverns, and jails of Paris. Villon was a subversive voice speaking from the margins of society. He wrote about love and sex, money trouble, "the thieving rich," and the consolations of good food and wine.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-6

Map of Villon's Paris

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pp. vi-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-2

The priest died from his knife wound, or perhaps from the next blow, a rock to the face, but the young man who knifed him—nobody contested it—went free. He fled at first, then received a pardon from the king, and went on to write some of the most hilarious, scathing, tender, and vibrant lines in medieval literature. The young man with the quick blade and...

Bequests

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pp. 3-26

The Testament

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pp. 27-164

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Shorter Poems

This set of sixteen poems is, in a sense, a modern assemblage: none of the medieval manuscripts or printed books that serve as our earliest record of Villon’s work contains all these poems together. Some can be attributed very confidently to Villon, while a few leave considerable room for...

Espitre/Letter to His Friends

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pp. 167-170

Probleme/Ballade of Fortune

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pp. 171-174

Ballade des pendus/Ballade of the Hanged Men

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pp. 175-178

Ballade des proverbes/Ballade of Proverbs

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pp. 179-182

Je congnois tout fors que moy mesmes/Everything But Myself

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pp. 183-184

Ballade des contre-vérités/Ballade of Countertruths

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pp. 185-186

Le débat de Villon et de son coeur/Villon’s Debate with His Heart

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pp. 187-190

Louange à Marie d’Orléans/In Praise of Marie d’Orléans

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pp. 191-198

Je meurs de seuf auprés de la fontaine/I Die of Thirst at the Fountain’s Edge

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pp. 199-202

Ballade franco-latine/Advice for the Groom

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pp. 203-204

Requête au Prince/Request to the Prince

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pp. 205-208

Ballade contre les ennemis de la France/Ballade Against the Enemies of France

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pp. 209-212

Ballade de bon conseil/Ballade of Good Counsel

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pp. 213-216

Le Quatrain que feit Villon quant il fut jugé a mourir/The Quatrain That Villon Made When He Was Condemned to Die

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pp. 217-218

La Question que feist Villon au clerc du guiche/Now What Do You Think of My Appeal?

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pp. 219-220

La Louenge que feist Villon a la Court/The Praise That Villon Gave to the Court

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pp. 221-224

Abbreviations

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pp. 225-226

Notes: A Companion to the Poems

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pp. 227-268

Works Cited

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pp. 269-272


E-ISBN-13: 9780810166455
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810128781

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: New
Volume Title: 1

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  • Villon, François, b. 1431 -- Translations into English.
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