Petrarch: The Canzoniere, Or Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta by Mark MusaPetrarch: The Canzoniere, Or Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta by Mark Musa

Petrarch: The Canzoniere, Or Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta

byMark MusaIntroduction byMark Musa, Barbara Manfredi

Paperback | May 22, 1999

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Petrarch's characterization of the hapless lover has become an archetype. Indeed, in many of his poems on the pain and the bitter pleasure of love, we inevitably recognize a vivid and timely picture of ourselves. Humble sinner, aesthete, contemplative, man of the world, secretly tormented spirit, droll observer and advocate of life, Petrarch's protagonist is as richly complex as the age he lived in.

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" contain 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.

MARK MUSA, Distinguished Professor of Italian at Indiana University, is well known for his translations of the Italian classics, including the works of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Machiavelli. He is editor of Dante's Inferno: The Indiana Critical Edition. BARBARA MANFREDI, an independent researcher, has pursued a lifelong interest ...
Title:Petrarch: The Canzoniere, Or Rerum Vulgarium FragmentaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.43 inPublished:May 22, 1999Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253213177

ISBN - 13:9780253213174

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Table of Contents


The Canzoniere

Notes and Commentary
Works Cited
Index of First Lines

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Petrarch’s protagonist was the embodiment of the hapless lover and still rings true today. His poems deal with the pain and pleasure of love and remind us of our own romantic experiences. They represent some of the finest and most influential of Western literature and Mark Musa showcases them in Petarch: The Canzoniere, or Rerum Vulgarium Fragments.