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PETRARCH, F.: Great Poets (The) (Unabridged)

    

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PETRARCH, F.: Great Poets (The) (Unabridged)

Petrarch, the contemporary of Dante and Boccaccio, achieved fame in his own day as a scholar and founder of Renaissance humanism, but today he is chiefly remembered as a poet of love.

His great cycle of sonnets addressed to the dazzling Laura occupied him for 40 years, forming an emotional and spiritual autobiography that moves between joy and despair. These poems established the themes and images of love poetry which was to spread throughout Renaissance Europe, influencing Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare.

This recording presents 59 of the Laura sonnets, including some of the most powerful, addressed to her spirit after death by the heartbroken poet.


  The Dawn of Love
1.   The Dawn of Love 00:01:09
  If this should not be love
2.   If this should not be love 00:01:03
  The pangs of love
3.   The pangs of love 00:01:02
  If Laura were to die
4.   If Laura were to die 00:01:01
  Alone, thought-sick, I pace
5.   Alone, thought - sick, I pace 00:00:55
  Blest be the day
6.   Blest be the day 00:00:58
  Golden upon the wind
7.   Golden upon the wind 00:01:04
  The poet turns from other works to write again of love
8.   The poet turns from other works to write again of love 00:01:03
  Tears turn to joy
9.   Tears turn to joy 00:01:02
  He tries to escape, but passion pursues
10.   He tries to escape, but passion pursues 00:00:58
  He is like a moth entering a flame
11.   He is like a moth entering a flame 00:00:53
  Alas! the seventeenth summer
12.   Alas! the seventeenth summer 00:01:07
  The madness of desire
13.   The madness of desire 00:00:49
  Laura confesses her sadness at their parting
14.   Laura confesses her sadness at their parting 00:00:57
  I find no peace
15.   I find no peace 00:01:05
  In what bright realm
16.   In what bright realm 00:01:00
  Love and I
17.   Love and I 00:00:58
  It is the vigil
18.   It is the vigil 00:01:10
  Through forests harsh
19.   Through forests harsh 00:00:54
  Trapped in the net of love
20.   Trapped in the net of love 00:01:05
  My vessel, cargoed with oblivion
21.   My vessel, cargoed with oblivion 00:01:00
  The vision of the fawn – symbol of love liberated
22.   The vision of the fawn – symbol of love liberated 00:01:03
  Here stand we, Love
23.   Here stand we, Love 00:01:03
  The soft wind (which is Laura's name)
24.   The soft wind (which is Laura's name) 00:01:04
  The quiet wind recalls love's wound
25.   The quiet wind recalls love's wound 00:01:07
  From what source could Love
26.   From what source could Love 00:01:08
  Memories of the birth of love
27.   Memories of the birth of love 00:01:08
  When in the sea sinks the sun's golden light
28.   When in the sea sinks the sun's golden light 00:01:07
  No savage beast
29.   No savage beast 00:01:06
  Her brilliant eyes
30.   Her brilliant eyes 00:00:55
  If it be destined
31.   If it be destined 00:00:53
  Breeze that with laughter moving
32.   Breeze that with laughter moving 00:01:06
  The day I left her
33.   The day I left her 00:01:02
  Foreboding in the night
34.   Foreboding in the night 00:00:51
  Hearing of Laura's death
35.   Hearing of Laura's death 00:01:06
  Remembering his last sight of Laura
36.   Remembering his last sight of Laura 00:01:09
  Now that all hope is dead
37.   Now that all hope is dead 00:01:09
  Death pursues life
38.   Death pursues life 00:00:58
  The soft winds of Vaucluse recall Laura
39.   The soft winds of Vaucluse recall Laura 00:01:02
  The last of my bright days
40.   The last of my bright days 00:01:06
  The apparition of Laura
41.   The apparition of Laura 00:01:02
  Love guides him, but to no avail
42.   Love guides him, but to no avail 00:01:03
  Love calls, but you are gone
43.   Love calls, but you are gone 00:00:54
  The impact of Laura's death
44.   The impact of Laura's death 00:00:58
  Valley, familiar with my desperate song
45.   Valley, familiar with my desperate song 00:01:04
  The apotheosis of Laura
46.   The apotheosis of Laura 00:00:56
  He anticipates reunion with Laura
47.   He anticipates reunion with Laura 00:01:02
  She speaks to him from heaven
48.   She speaks to him from heaven 00:01:12
  A vision of Laura in heaven
49.   A vision of Laura in heaven 00:00:58
  The spring returns
50.   The spring returns 00:01:08
  That nightingale who weeps so sweetly
51.   That nightingale who weeps so sweetly 00:01:03
  O swifter than the fawn
52.   O swifter than the fawn 00:01:16
  The ardour and the odour and dark wonder
53.   The ardour and the odour and dark wonder 00:01:06
  Not skies serene
54.   Not skies serene 00:01:07
  Go, grief-bewildered rhymes
55.   Go, grief - bewildered rhymes 00:00:55
  For our own sake I seemed so cruel
56.   For our own sake I seemed so cruel 00:01:12
  Death has put out the burning of the sun
57.   Death has put out the burning of the sun 00:01:08
  Love kept me one and twenty years a slave
58.   Love kept me one and twenty years a slave 00:01:02
  Sweet wandering bird
59.   Sweet wandering bird 00:01:07

Total Playing Time: 01:01:29






Author(s):
Petrarch

Reader(s):
Lesser, Anton

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Poetry

Period: Medieval

Catalogue No: NA135812

Barcode: 9781843793588

Physical Release: 2010

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