Parnassian Moments 19 July: Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch)


The Boypoet Remembers....

Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch)

Poet: Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch)

Dates: 30 July 1304 – 19 July 1374

Nationality: Italian

Title of Poem: Gli Occhi Di Ch’ Io Parlai

Those eyes, ‘neath which my passionate rapture rose,
The arms, hands, feet, the beauty that erewhile
Could my own soul from its own self beguile,
And in a separate world of dreams enclose,
The hair’s bright tresses, full of golden glows,
And the soft lightning of the angelic smile
That changed this earth to some celestial isle,
Are now but dust, poor dust, that nothing knows.
And yet I live! Myself I grieve and scorn,
Left dark without the light I loved in vain,
Adrift in tempest on a bark forlorn;
Dead is the source of all my amorous strain,
Dry is the channel of my thoughts outworn,
And my sad harp can sound but notes of pain.

Translated by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Brief…

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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