Essays on Petrarch by Ugo FoscoloEssays on Petrarch by Ugo Foscolo

Essays on Petrarch

byUgo Foscolo

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1823. Excerpt: ... AN ESSAY ON THE POETRY OF PETRARCH.--NON HO SE NON QUEST UNA VIA DA CELARE IL MIO ANGOSCIOSO PIANTO. Part. I. Son. 81. I. The vision of the spirit of Laura was written, as appears by the expressions at the close of it, when Petrarch was far advanced in years. He revised it four months before his death, and inserted it as an episode in a moral poem which he called the Trionfi--a series of allegorical visions on the powers of Love, Chastity, Death, Talents, Fame, Time, and Eternity. Several Provencal poems written before his time, and the Dream, the Flower and the Leaf, and the House of Fame, of his contemporary Chaucer, are of the same description. Perhaps the models of them may be traced in the visions which the monks preached in imitation of those of Ezekiel and St. John's Revelation. The last canto of the Trionfi is called Delia Divinitd, and begins, "Since, then, I behold nothing certain beneath the heavens, 1 look fearfully around me, and ask myself, in what then canst thou trust? I answered, Tn God."--It concludes with Laura: "If he who beheld her on earth was blessed, what shall he not be on beholding her again in heaven!" Pope's remark on the House of Fame. Se fu beato chi la vide in terra, Or che fia dunque a rivederla in Cielo! He considered this work as a great undertaking; and he gave it up from the fear that he would be unable to finish it. He betook to it again, however: he perceived that he had failed; but he persevered nevertheless, and left it so disfigured with various readings, that to complete a copy after his death, it was necessary to supply much by conjecture. It is only when he is speaking of Laura in this poem, that his heart communicates its fire to his genius, which had languished more under the disgust of life than the burthen ...
Title:Essays on PetrarchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217472753

ISBN - 13:9780217472753