Selected Poetry and Prose: A Bilingual Edition

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University of Chicago Press, 15.05.2009 - 232 Seiten
Chiara Matraini (1515–1604?) was a member of the great flowering of poetic imitators and innovators in the Italian literary heritage begun by Petrarch, cultivated later by the lyric poet Pietro Bembo, and supplanted by the epic poet Torquato Tasso. Though without formal training, Matraini excelled in a number of literary genres popular at the time—poetry, religious meditation, discourse, and dialogue. In her midlife, she published a collection of erotic love poetry, but later in life her work shifted toward a search for spiritual salvation. Near the end of her life, she published a new poetry retrospective.

Mostly available in only a handful of rare book collections, her writings are now adeptly translated here for an English-speaking audience and situated historically in an introduction by noted Matraini expert Giovanna Rabitti. Selected Poetry and Prose allows the poet to finally take her place as one of the seminal authors of the Renaissance, next to her contemporaries Vittoria Colonna and Laura Battiferra, also published in the Other Voice series.
 

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Inhalt

Volume Introduction by Giovanna Rabitti
1
Volume Editors Bibliography
33
I 1555 56 Volume Book A
38
II Spiritual Meditations
107
III Considerations on the Seven Penitential Psalms of the Great King and Prophet David
119
IV A Brief Discourse on the Life and Praise of the Most Blessed Virgin and Mother of the Son of God
127
V 1597 Volume Book C
133
VI Spiritual Dialogues
204
Derivative Lines in Matrainis Poetry
217
Notes
239
Series Editors Bibliography
245
Index of First Lines
265
General Index
271
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Über den Autor (2009)

Elaine Maclachlan was a teacher of Italian at Harvard, Smith College, and Tufts University. She is now retired from teaching.
Giovanna Rabitti is assistant professor of philology of Italian literature at the University of Sassari, Italy, and the editor of the Italian critical edition of Chiara Matraini’s poetical works.

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