Sweet Fire: Tullia d'Aragona's Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose

Sweet Fire: Tullia d'Aragona's Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose


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Tullia d'Aragona is one of the most renowned women writers from the Italian Renaissance. Given the title the "courtesan poet," Tullia was loved and desired by many. This collection includes fifty-five of Tullia's best poems and a selection of pieces written to her and about her.

Accompanying Tullia's poems is a series of risposte (responsive letters) written by well-known men of her dayincluding Girolamo Muzio, Benedetto Varchi and Lattanzio Bennucciwho offer poetic tributes to her honor, talent, and wit.

In these poetic dialogues, Tullia shows herself a match to her male contemporaries in verbal and intellectual dexterity. In a poem written to Piero Manelli, Tullia argues for a female poet's equal right to fame and literary immortality. In a tribute of gratitude to her muse, friend, and editoraptly named Muzioshe claims that loving such a talented writer reflects well upon her: "the worth / was yours; but in loving you, the glory mine." Muzio, in turn, writes an introduction to Tullia's dialogue on love, praising the beauty of her mind and the brightness of her soul's "flame," refined by hardship and virtue.

The quality of craftsmanship, the originality of thought, and the fiercely proud ambition in these poems set Tullia d'Aragona in a category apart from other women poets of the era. Her wish to be immortalized in print, renowned in her own "eternal lines to time," will be fulfilled through this bilingual edition. Retaining the music of the Italian, these translations bring Tullia's work to life for an English audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807615621
Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
Publication date: 11/16/2006
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Pallitto received her Ph.D. in Italian and Comparative Literature from CUNY Graduate Center in 2003. Since then, she has taught English and comparative literature, as well as French and Italian. Her own poetry is published in The North American Review, ArkAngel Review, and Litspeak. Her literary translations have been published in Philosophical Forum, Forum Italicum, and several anthologies of Italian poetry, including Antologia Napoletana. She currently teaches English literature in Istanbul.

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