- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- 1 Petrarch and the ‘barbari Britanni’
- 2 Petrarch <i>solitarius</i>
- 3 The Ethics of Ignorance: Petrarch’s Epicurus and Averroës and the Structures of the <i>De Sui Ipsius et Multorum Ignorantia</i>
- 4 Petrarch’s Second (and Third) Death
- 5 Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s <i>Africa:</i> Classical and Medieval Sources
- 6 Petrarch Reading Dante: The Ascent of Mont Ventoux (<i>Familiares</i> 4. 1)
- 7 Petrarch and Cino da Pistoia: A Moment in the Pre-history of the <i>Canzoniere</i>
- 8 Petrarch and the Italian Reformation
- 9 Petrarch, Sidney, Bruno
- 10 Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch
- 11 Impersonations of Laura in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Italy
- 12 Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England
- 13 Thomas Watson’s <i>Hekatompathia</i> and European Petrarchism
- 14 The Comedy of Astrophil: Petrarchan Motifs in Sidney’s <i>Astrophil and Stella</i>
- 15 Sidney, Spenser, and Political Petrarchism
- 16 Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet
- 17 Leopardi and Petrarch
- 18 Between Tradition and Transgression: Amelia Rosselli’s Petrarch
- 19 Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch
- 20 Translating Petrarch
- (p.341) 20 Translating Petrarch
- Petrarch in Britain
- British Academy
This chapter examines the translations of Petrarch's poetry in English. It discusses different translations of Petrarch from the early Renaissance period to the twentieth century including the works of Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Earl of Surrey and Robert M. Durling. It also describes the author's own translation and explains the rationale and problems behind his own version and situates these within the broader context of the British preference for the more ‘concrete’ poetry of Dante, Michelangelo and Montale.
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