La Vita Nuova: (Poems Of Youth)

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La Vita Nuova: (Poems Of Youth)

Format:  Paperback,

75 pages

Edition: Revised

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2004

ISBN-13: 9780140449471

ISBN-10: 0140449477

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"La Vita Nuova" marked a turning point in European literature, introducing personal experience into the strict formalism of medieval love poetry. The sequence of poems tells the story of Dante's passion for Beatrice, the beautiful sister of one of his closest friends, transformed through his writing into a symbol of love that was both spiritual and romantic. From unrequited passion to the profound grief he experiences at the loss of his love, this work intersperses exquisite verse with Dante's own commentary on the structure and origins of each poem, offering a unique insight into the poet's art and skill. Barbara Reynolds's translation, acclaimed for its lucidity and faithfulness to the original, is now enhanced with a new introduction and other material.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2004
ISBN-13: 9780140449471
ISBN-10: 0140449477
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 75
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.25
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Biography of Alighieri, Dante

Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology. His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity.

Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently.

The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of he'll and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies.

The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife.

In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a prior e, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1995-08)

Cervigni and Vasta have reedited and translated Dante's autobiography under the influence of Paul Ricoeur's theories of temporality and narrative. They delete the chapter and paragraph divisions of Michele Barbi's standard Italian edition in order to shift the focus from the visual assumptions of our contemporary print culture to the oral assumptions of the medieval manuscript culture. The new edition of the Italian is faced with a serviceable translation. In addition to a lucid and informative introduction and appendixes on editorial matters, this version includes a concordance. While this is an important contribution for Dante specialists, the modern translations of Mark Musa (1973) and Barbara Reynolds (1969) remain the versions of choice for students and general readers. T. L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.

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Book description

La Vita Nuova marked a turning point in European literature, introducing personal experience into the strict formalism of medieval love poetry. The sequence of poems tells the story of Dante? s passion for Beatrice, the beautiful sister of one of his closest friends, transformed through his writing into a symbol of love that was both spiritual and romantic. From unrequited passion to the profound grief he experiences at the loss of his love, this work intersperses exquisite verse with Dante? s own commentary on the structure and origins of each poem, offering a unique insight into the poet? s art and skill. Barbara Reynolds? s translation, acclaimed for its lucidity and faithfulness to the original, is now enhanced with a new introduction and other material.

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