February 12, 2012

Petrarch’s Sonnets for Valentines Day

Why not devote Valentines Day to a study of Petrarch’s love sonnets? Here is an article about his sonnets in About.com: http://italian.about.com/library/weekly/aa021600a.htm

Here is a Wikipedia article about Petrarchan sonnets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrarchan_sonnet
Here is one in Italian about Petrarch: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Petrarca and another article about his poetry at http://www.isoladellapoesia.com/poeti-famosi/francesco-petrarca.php

Here are two online e-books with English translations of some of Petrarch’s sonnets: http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1729&Itemid=27 and http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17650/17650-h/17650-h.htm

You can access an online version of Canzoniere (which contains his sonnets) at http://it.wikisource.org/wiki/Canzoniere_%28Rerum_vulgarium_fragmenta%29 or at http://petrarca.scarian.net/petrarca_canzoniere.html

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