The Liberation of Jerusalem

The Liberation of Jerusalem

by Torquato Tasso, Mark Davie
     
 

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In The Liberation of Jerusalem (1581), Torquato Tasso set out to write an epic to rival the Iliad and the Aeneid. Unlike his predecessors, he took his subject not from myth but from history: the Christian capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. The siege of the city is played out alongside a magical romance of love and sacrifice, in which the Christian

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In The Liberation of Jerusalem (1581), Torquato Tasso set out to write an epic to rival the Iliad and the Aeneid. Unlike his predecessors, he took his subject not from myth but from history: the Christian capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. The siege of the city is played out alongside a magical romance of love and sacrifice, in which the Christian knight Rinaldo succumbs to the charms of the pagan sorceress Armida, and the warrior maiden Clorinda inspires a fatal passion in the Christian Tancred. Tasso's masterpiece left its mark on writers from Spenser and Milton to Goethe and Byron, and inspired countless painters and composers. This is the first English translation in modern times that faithfully reflects both the sense and the verse form of the original. Max Wickert's fine rendering is introduced by Mark Davie, who places Tasso's poem in it troubled historical context and sheds light on its narrative framework and historical accuracy as well as its reception and influence.

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"Wickert's is a remarkable achievement... the translation is consistently faithful to almost every detail of the content."—Times Literary Supplement

"I highly recommend this spirited and readable verse-stanza translation that brings Tasso's inimitable range into modern English."—Charles Stanley Ross, Purdue University; translator of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato

"Wickert has succeeded in capturing both the intricate rhymes and subtle rhythms of Tasso's Italian ottave in this finely wrought and stately version of the Gerusalemme Liberata. Bravo!"—Christopher Kleinhenz, University of Wisconsin; co-translator of Dante's Il Fiore

"Max Wickert's fine translation captures both the dignity and the energy of Tasso's epic, its artfulness and its passion. It's an impressive achievement."—Carl Dennis, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2002

"I would have guessed from Max Wickert's sonnets that his handling of ottava rima would be strong and fluent. As indeed it is. I can't imagine a translation reading any better: everywhere easy, natural, idiomatic, taking the demanding rhyme scheme with no strain at all. A great 'read'."—- John Frederick Nims, University of Chicago; poet; translator of The Complete Poems of Michelangelo; former editor of Poetry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199535354
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/24/2009
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Max Wickert is a poet who has been published in American Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere.
Mark Davie is the Italian Editor of Modern Language Review.

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