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du bellay; ronsard - selected poems

Selected Poems


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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 08/2023

Note Editore

'Live now and listen, do not wait in vain Until tomorrow; pluck life's rose today.' Joachim du Bellay and Pierre de Ronsard are two of the major sixteenth-century French poets and leaders of the extraordinary group known as 'La Pléiade'. Determined to create a national vernacular literature, the Pléiade poets profited from an intense study of Greek and Roman models and from a creative use of classical mythology to produce a body of verse that reflects the vigour and variety of European Renaissance culture. Du Bellay broke new ground with the gritty realism and resentment of the Regrets and with his meditation in the Antiquities on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. In a series of sonnet sequences (Cassandre, Marie, Astrée, Hélène) Ronsard developed the Petrarchan tradition of love poetry with a wider range of situations, a richer imagery, and more robust sensuality. His reputation as France's greatest love-poet should not, however, obscure his excellence in an astonishing variety of forms and genres such as elegies, odes, philosophical hymns, and religious controversy. Anthony Mortimer's verse translations cover this many-faceted achievement in a version that functions as English poetry in its own right without departing from the letter and spirit of the original. The French text is given on facing pages and a useful appendix contains extracts from seminal manifestos by the two poets. A critical introduction, a glossary of names and places, and abundant notes encourage the reader to place the poems in their social and cultural context. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


Anthony Mortimer has taught at universities in Croatia, Italy, the United States, and Germany and the University of Geneva before his appointment In 1978 as Professor of English Literature at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is a member of the Swiss Academy of the Arts and Social Sciences and In 1995-96 was Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. Most of his scholarly work has been in the field of early modern English poetry. He retired in 2006 and now lives in Geneva where his major activity is translating poetry from Italian, French, and German.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Oxford World's Classics
Dimensioni: 195 x 18.0 x 130 mm Ø 224 gr
Formato: Brossura
Pagine Arabe: 304

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