The Complete Poems of Michelangelo

Paperback | April 12, 2000

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There is no artist more celebrated than Michelangelo. Yet the magnificence of his achievements as a visual artist often overshadow his devotion to poetry. Michelangelo used poetry to express what was too personal to display in sculpture or painting. John Frederick Nims has brought the entire body of Michelangelo's verse, from the artist's ardent twenties to his anguished and turbulent eighties, to life in English in this unprecedented collection. The result is a tantalizing glimpse into a most fascinating mind.

"Wonderful. . . . Nims gives us Michelangelo whole: the polymorphous love sonneteer, the political allegorist, and the solitary singer of madrigals."—Kirkus Reviews

"A splendid, fresh and eloquent translation. . . . Nims, an eminent poet and among the best translators of our time, conveys the full meaning and message of Michelangelo's love sonnets and religious poems in fluently rhymed, metrical forms."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The best so far. . . . Nims is best at capturing the sound and sense of Michelangelo's poetic vocabulary."—Choice

"Surely the most compelling translations of Michelangelo currently available in English."—Ronald L. Martinez, Washington Times

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Michelangelo was such a brilliant artist that the public and critics often overlook his contributions to literature. This treasury of the acclaimed visual artist's poetry, translated by John Frederick Nims, shows how he used poetry as a way of expressing ideas too personal to convey in his sculptures or paintings. In here, you will...

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There is no artist more celebrated than Michelangelo. Yet the magnificence of his achievements as a visual artist often overshadow his devotion to poetry. Michelangelo used poetry to express what was too personal to display in sculpture or painting. John Frederick Nims has brought the entire body of Michelangelo's verse, from the artis...

John Frederick Nims (1913-1999) was the author of eight books of poetry, including Knowledge of the Evening, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Among his many translations is The Poems of Saint John of the Cross, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:April 12, 2000Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226080307

ISBN - 13:9780226080307

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Michelangelo was such a brilliant artist that the public and critics often overlook his contributions to literature. This treasury of the acclaimed visual artist's poetry, translated by John Frederick Nims, shows how he used poetry as a way of expressing ideas too personal to convey in his sculptures or paintings. In here, you will find the entire body of Michelangelo’s verse, from his early twenties until his late eighties. The Complete Poems of Michelangelo received excellent reviews from the Washington Times, Kirkus Reviews and Choice.