Euphorion; Being Studies Of The Antique And The Mediæval In The Renaissance

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byVernon Lee

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... if only he were to get himself tight hose and a silk jerkin, he would be as good as any Florentine burgess. But she will not listen;or,rather,she listens and laughs. Yes, she sits up in bed at night and laughs herself to death at the mere thought of him, that is all he gets. But he knows what it is! There is a fellow who will keep sneaking about her; if Vallera only catch him near his cottage, won't he give him a taste of his long new knife! nay, rip him up and throw his bowels, like those of a pig, to dry on a roof! He is sorry--perhaps he bores her--God bless you, Nencia!--he had better go and look after his sheep. All this is not the poetry of the Renaissance peasant; it is the poem made out of his reality; the songs which ValleVa sang in the fields about his Nencia we must seek in the volume of Tigri; those rispetti and stornelli of to-day are the rispetti and stornelli of four centuries ago; they are much more beautiful and poetic than any of Lorenzo's work; but Lorenzo has given us not merely a peasant's love-song; he has given us a peasant's thoughts, actions, hopes, fears; he has given us the peasant himself, his house, his fields, and his sweetheart, as they exist even now. For Lorenzo is gone, and, greater than he, the paladins and ladies of Boiardo and Ariosto, have followed the saints and virgins of Dante into the limbo of fair unrealities; and the very Greek and Roman heroes of a hundred years ago, the very knights and covenanters of forty years since,have joined them; but Vallera exists stilland still in the flesh exists his Nenciozza. Everything changes, except the country and the peasant. For, in the long farms of Southern Tuscany, with double row of blackened balcony all tapestried with heavy ingots of Indian corn, and spread out among the olive...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... if only he were to get himself tight hose and a silk jerkin, he would be as good as any Florentine burgess. But she will not listen;o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217208983

ISBN - 13:9780217208987

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