European Poets (Critical Survey of Poetry)
Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman
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European Poets is part of Salem Press’s greatly expanded and redesigned Critical Survey of Poetry Series. The Critical Survey of Poetry, Fourth Edition, presents profiles of major poets, with sections on other literary forms, achievements, biography, general analysis, and analysis of the poet’s most important poems or collections. Although the profiled authors may have written in other genres as well, sometimes to great acclaim, the focus of this set is on theirmost important works of poetry.
The Critical Survey of Poetry was originally published in 1983 and 1984 in separate English- and foreign-language series, a supplement in 1987, a revised English-language series in 1992, and a combined revised series in 2003. The Fourth Edition includes all
poets from the previous edition and adds 145 new ones, covering 843 writers in total. The poets covered in this set represent more than 40 countries and their poetry dates from the eighth century b.c.e. to the present. The set also offers 72 informative overviews; 20 of these essays were added for this edition, including all the literary movement essays. In addition, seven resources are provided, two of them new. More than 500 photographs and portraits of poets have been included.
telling of his hundred prose tales. In 1350, he met Petrarch, and their lifelong friendship began. Although he never married, Boccaccio fathered at least five children, none of whom survived beyond adolescence. Boccaccio’s later life was fruitful both artistically and in terms of scholarship. He wrote the satire The Corbaccio and spent much of his time studying ancient texts and writing his encyclopedic works. For all of his work, he was held in high esteem by contemporary poets, Humanists, and
Cnidos, Rhodes, and Caunus; in this work, Apollonius might well have been poaching on 30 Critical Survey of Poetry Callimachus’s preserve, since he wrote something similar. Apollonius also wrote philological works in prose, including Against Zenodotos (third century b.c.e.). A variety of other works are attributed to Apollonius, but it was not necessarily this Apollonius who wrote them, since the name was a common one. Achievements Apollonius Rhodius’s principal work, the Argonautica, which has
the Three Kings and the Mother of the Seven Sorrows in “Elsa’s Eyes.” Although reared a Catholic, Aragon became an atheist in his early youth and never professed any religious faith thereafter. During World War II, however, he was impressed by the courage of Christian resisters and acquired a certain respect for the faith that sustained them in the struggle against fascism. For his own part, Aragon began to use the vocabulary of traditional religion to extol his wife. Thus, for example, in
world, but the outer world remains “inscrutable.” He knows that he thinks and, therefore, that he is, but he does not know why. He wants to know the truth and to speak it, but the cogito cannot lead him to knowledge of the outer world. In the poem, he mentions Saint Augustine, who also sought a single point of certainty in a world in which everything was open to question and found that the only thing he could be sure of was that he could be deceived. The Descartes of the poem states the
essentially the same as, for example, the relationship of Marsilio Ficino and Guido Cavalcanti, or of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Girolamo Benivieni. The Neoplatonic idealism that inspired Bembo and his style of balanced moderation determined an important pattern in the Renaissance poetry of several countries until the early Baroque. Bembo restored Petrarchanism to its original luster and form by providing an unmistakably elegant standard by which the excesses of such conceitful poets as Il