Sonnets for Michelangelo: A Bilingual Edition (The Other by Vittoria Colonna

By Vittoria Colonna

The such a lot released and lauded girl author of early sixteenth-century Italy, Vittoria Colonna (1490–1547) in influence outlined what was once the "acceptable" face of girl authorship for her time. Hailed by means of the generation's major male literati as an equivalent, she used to be praised either for her impeccable command of Petrarchan sort and for the unimpeachable chastity and piety of the character she promoted via her literary works.

This ebook provides for the first actual time a physique of Colonna's verse that unearths a lot approximately her poetic goals and outlook, whereas additionally casting new mild on essentially the most well-known friendships of the age. Sonnets for Michelangelo, initially offered in manuscript shape to her shut buddy Michelangelo Buonarroti as a private reward, illustrates the notable attractiveness and originality of Colonna's mature lyric voice and distinguishes her as a poetic innovator who will be generally imitated by way of woman writers in Italy and Europe within the 16th century. After 3 centuries of relative forget, this new version provides to revive Colonna to her rightful position on the leading edge of girl cultural creation within the Renaissance.

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Unlike Petrarch, who aspires in his canzoniere to be released from the prison of his earthly life and love, although the reader senses he will never ultimately break free, Colonna in her later poems boldly casts off the shackles of earthly ties and turns to celebrate a wholly divine bond. And although this celebration is tempered by constant references to her own unworthiness, the lowliness of her verses, and the doubtful outcome of her aspirations toward a union with Christ, we sense beneath these necessary disclaimers a joyful certainty in her status as an elected soul who will one day join her divine “husband” in heaven.

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