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Petrarch’s Lyric Poems

Petrarch’s Lyric Poems

The Rime Sparse and Other Lyrics

Francesco Petrarch

Translated by Robert M. Durling

ISBN 9780674663480

Publication date: 05/15/1979

For teachers and students of Petrarch, Robert M. Durling’s edition of the poems has become the standard one. Readers have praised the translation as both graceful and accurate, conveying a real understanding of what this difficult poet is saying.

The literalness of the prose translation makes this beautiful book especially useful to students who lack a full command of Italian. And students reading the verse in the original will find here an authoritative text.


  • The translations are extremely readable, and their juxtaposition to the original makes the work a valuable tool for the reader whose knowledge of Italian may be less than perfect.

    —Joseph A. Barber, MLN

Book Details

  • 672 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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