Vita Nuova: (Poems of Youth) (Penguin Classics)

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A unique treatise by a poet, written for poets, on the art of poetry, LA VITA NUOVA is elaborately and symbolically patterned, consisting of a selection of Dante's early poems, interspersed with his own prose commentary.

The poems themselves tell the story of his love for Beatrice, from their first meeting at a May Day party in her father's house, through Dante's sufferings and his attempts to conceal the true object of his devotion by the use of 'screen-loves', to his overwhelming grief ather death, ending with the transformative vision of her in heaven. These are some of the richest love poems in literature and the movement from self-pitying lament to praise for the beloved's beauty and virtue, illustrate the elevating power of love.

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La Vita Nuova A selection of the author's early poems, interspersed with his own prose commentary. It tells the story of his love for Beatrice, from their first meeting at a May Day party in her father's house, through the author's sufferings, to his overwhelming grief at her death, ending with the transformative vision of her in heaven. Full description

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Some translators have been too academic, draining the vigor and wonder from this work but Slavitt's version stays true to the spirit...Considering all the books today about finding one's center in our crazy, image-driven culture, then, "La Vita Nuova"--especially in Slavitt's version--couldn't be more relevant.--Nick Owchar"Los Angeles Times" (09/12/2010)

The "Vita Nuova", Dante's first major work of certain attribution, is an original and sophisticated creation, too often cast aside as little more than a youthful prologue to the "Divine Comedy"...This handsome English edition of the "Vita Nuova" is translated by David R. Slavitt and prefaced by an engaging essay by Seth Lerer...Freed from the customary shackles of academic apparatus, the poetic quality of its lyrics freshly reinstated, the "Vita Nuova"'s signature hybrid texture is here elegantly conveyed.--Tristan Kay"Times Literary Supplement" (10/29/2010)

Graceful, readable, and just--David Slavitt's translation is a delicate and surprising achievement. This is another triumph for Slavitt, and a treat for the rest of us.--Henry Taylor

The "Vita Nuova," Dante's first major work of certain attribution, is an original and sophisticated creation, too often cast aside as little more than a youthful prologue to the "Divine Comedy."..This handsome English edition of the "Vita Nuova" is translated by David R. Slavitt and prefaced by an engaging essay by Seth Lerer...Freed from the customary shackles of academic apparatus, the poetic quality of its lyrics freshly reinstated, the "Vita Nuova"'s signature hybrid texture is here elegantly conveyed.--Tristan Kay"Times Literary Supplement" (10/29/2010)

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