Selected Poems

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For critics like John Ruskin and Walter Pater, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1892) was one of the great creative figures of the day, a painter and a poet of major stature. Yeats and the young Pound regarded him as an exemplary figure of solitary dedication to art and beauty.

Rossetti's most original work may have been in preparing the way for the modernists, who in turn dethroned him. He called the sonnet 'a moment's monument', and his best short lyrics are instants of oppressed ...

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Overview

For critics like John Ruskin and Walter Pater, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1892) was one of the great creative figures of the day, a painter and a poet of major stature. Yeats and the young Pound regarded him as an exemplary figure of solitary dedication to art and beauty.

Rossetti's most original work may have been in preparing the way for the modernists, who in turn dethroned him. He called the sonnet 'a moment's monument', and his best short lyrics are instants of oppressed emotion cut free of time. In this, as in the suggestiveness of his imagery, he anticipates the French Symbolists. He can also be regarded as the founder of modern verse translation, not only for the freshness of his versions but also for his choice of poets—-Villon, Cavalcanti and the young Dante.

In this selection, Clive Wilmer has made a personal choice, emphasizing the 'pure poetry' of the lyrics at the expense of the more conventionally Victorian monologues and narratives. He has also included a generous selection from the translations, and provided a biographical and critical introduction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415940795
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/12/2002
  • Series: Fyfield Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Note on the text 22
Suggestions for further reading 22
from The House of Life 23
The Blessed Damozel 43
My Sister's Sleep 47
Ave 49
The Portrait 53
The Card-Dealer 56
Jenny 58
A Trip to Paris and Belgium 69
Near Brussels - a Half-way Pause 74
Antwerp and Bruges 75
For Our Lady of the Rocks (Leonardo) 76
For A Venetian Pastoral (Giorgione) 76
For An Allegorical Dance of Women (Mantegna) 77
For Ruggiero and Angelica (Ingres) 77
For A Virgin and Child (Memmelinck) 79
Sister Helen 80
Dawn on the Night-Journey 88
A Young Fir-wood 89
The Mirror 89
During Music 90
The Honeysuckle 91
Sudden Light 91
The Woodspurge 92
Even So 92
A Little While 93
Sunset Wings 94
Three Shadows 95
Aspecta Medusa 97
Astarte Syriaca 97
Spheral Change 98
'I saw the Sibyl at Cumae' 98
The Orchard-Pit 99
St. Francis of Assisi 100
Frederick II 101
Guido Guinicelli 103
Giacomino Pugliesi 106
Ubaldo di Marco 108
Folgore da San Geminiano 109
Pier Moronelli 116
Niccolo degli Albizzi 119
Dante Alighieri 119
Guido Cavalcanti 131
Cino da Pistoia 140
Anon: 'John of Tours' 143
Francois Villon 144
Index of Titles and First Lines 147
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