Vita Nova

Vita Nova

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Recepient, 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship Dantea€™s Vita Nova (circa 1292a€“1295) depicts the joys and sorrows, the discoveries and conflicts of Dantea€™s early love for Beatricea€”who would achieve later and even greater fame in Commediaa€”starting with his first sighting of her and culminating in his prevision of Beatrice among the beatified in heaven. Award-winning translator and poet Andrew Frisardi channels the vigor and nuance of Dantea€™s first masterpiece for a modern audience. The a€œlittle book, a€ as Dante calls it, consists of thirty-one lyric poemsa€”mostly sonnetsa€”embedded in a prose narrative, which both recounts an apparently autobiographical set of events also evoked in the poems and offers analysis of the poemsa€™ construction in the medieval critical tradition of divisio textus, or division of the text. Dante selected poetry he had written before age twenty-eight or so and wrote the prose to shape it into a story. The poems anthologize Dantea€™s growth as a poet, from the influence of his earliest mentors to the stylistic and thematic breakthroughs of his poetic coming-of-age. The interplay of poetry and prose in Vita Nova, along with the further distinction in the latter between autobiography and critical divisioni, presents a particular challenge for any translator. Frisardi faithfully voices the complex meter and rhyme schemes of the poetry while capturing the tone of each of the prose styles. His introduction and in-depth annotations provide additional context for the twenty-first-century reader.a€”the rulers ofthe land: DeR (195) comments that this is a biblical expression: see Ps. 54:17 and 148:23; and a€œa princess ... D. seems to be saying, he will not transcribe it, since he planned since the start to transcribe only vernacular except foranbsp;...

Title:Vita Nova
Author: Dante Alighieri
Publisher:Northwestern University Press - 2012-03-14

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