The beautiful long lost poetry of the 'Dark Ages' in their original Latin - witty, irreverend, religious, and above all sweet and full of sweet love and desire - together with the equally beautiful translations by Helen Waddell, followed by lively pen portraits of what is known of the poets. For this, second, edition the previously unreliable ...
The beautiful long lost poetry of the 'Dark Ages' in their original Latin - witty, irreverend, religious, and above all sweet and full of sweet love and desire - together with the equally beautiful translations by Helen Waddell, followed by lively pen portraits of what is known of the poets. For this, second, edition the previously unreliable Latin texts have been carefully checked by Finnegan CALLENDER CLASSICAL AND MEDIAEVAL TEXTS
Good. Text has minor markings. Cover shows some wear and fading. Spotted closed page ends. Binding is compromised but no pages are loose. Your Satisfaction Guaranteed. We ship daily. Expedited shipping available.
Very Good. Minor edgewear and light age toning of pages otherwise fine. Traces the development of the mediaeval Latin lyric from its source in the 1st century AD to its full flowering in the 12th and 13th centuries. Poems of love, wine, death, life, all meant to be sung. Latin is next to English translation.
This is an excellent introduction to the popular Latin literature of the Middle Ages, written by a scholar who loved her subject. For those of us whose Latin falls far below her standard of excellence, her translations on opposite pages are much needed help and a delight in themselves.
Oct 30, 2008
What can one say?
This is the standard book in the field, the one others wish they were. It's a marvelous compilation.
Feb 21, 2008
First published in 1929 in England and still considered the best book in the field. Latin text with facing English translations. A very personal selection of short latin poems from the end of the Roman Empire to the high Middle Ages. The translations are works of art by themsleves; not literal but beautifully capturing the sense and feeling of the originals. And the extensive biographical notes at the back of the text are even better than the translations. Poetery at its best!
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