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La Vita Nuova
by Dante Alighieri and Barbara Reynolds


Overview - A unique treatise by a poet, written for poets, on the art of poetry
The "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 at her death, ending with the transformative vision of her in heaven.
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Overview
A unique treatise by a poet, written for poets, on the art of poetry
The "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 at her 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140449471
  • ISBN-10: 0140449477
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: October 2004
  • Page Count: 128
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

Series: Penguin Classics

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Books > Poetry > European - Italian
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Books > Poetry > Subjects & Themes - Love & Erotica

 
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