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The Metabolism of Desire: The Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti

The Metabolism of Desire: The Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti (Paperback)

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all pale beside my lady whose lovely


cio passa la beltate e la valenza

and gentle heart show the


de la mia donna e 'l su' gentil coraggio,

of him who catches a glimpse of her


si che rasembra vile a chi cio guarda;

for she is an earthly vessel of heaven's


e tanto piu d'ogn' altr' ha canoscenza,

before whose greatness we are so much


quanto lo ciel de la terra e maggio.

beyond any redemption or even


A simil di natura ben non tarda.

The fact that Cavalcanti's friend, Dante Alighieri, was a

supremely fine poet ought not blind us to Cavalcanti's own, rather

different excellence. His love poetry has more of the tang of

real-world experience and is as appealing as Dante's, although in a

more modern and recognizable way. The two poets both suffer, but

Cavalcanti is not so sure that his torments are likely to improve his

spirit. He is, therefore, more torn and under greater pressure to find

some meaning in his struggles, and, as translator David R. Slavitt

declares, "more fun."

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 15/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9781926836843  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David R. Slavitt is a widely known poet, novelist, critic, and translator who prepared these English versions of the poems because he loved them. And, in the end, what other reason for poetry is there?

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