Renaissance in Italy. Italian literature, Part 2

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Smith, Elder & Company, 1881
 

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Pàgina 36 - ... nferno, ove il pensar di vui ch'abbia così lasciata, assai più ria sarà d'ogn'altra pena che vi sia. — A questo la mestissima Issabella, declinando la faccia lacrimosa e congiungendo la sua bocca a quella di Zerbin, languidetta come rosa, rosa non colta in sua stagion, sì ch'ella impallidisca in su la siepe ombrosa, disse: — Non vi pensate già, mia vita, far senza me quest'ultima partita. Di ciò, cor mio, nessun timor vi tocchi; ch'io vo' seguirvi o in cielo o ne lo 'nferno.
Pàgina 141 - I say, of those that I have seen,) which notwithstanding as it is full of stately speeches, and well-sounding phrases, climbing to the height of Seneca his style, and as full of notable morality, which it doth most delightfully teach, and so obtain the very end of poesy...
Pàgina 387 - I do embrace it : for even that vulgar and tavernmusick which makes one man merry, another mad, strikes in me a deep fit of devotion, and a profound contemplation of the first composer. There is something in it of divinity more than the ear discovers : it is an hieroglyphical and shadowed lesson of the whole world, and creatures of God, — such a melody to the ear, as the whole world, well understood, would afford the understanding. In brief, it is a sensible fit of that harmony which intellectually...
Pàgina 123 - Who winks and shuts his apprehension up From common sense of what men were, and are ; Who would not know what men must be : let such Hurry amain from our black-visaged shows ; We shall affright their eyes.
Pàgina 12 - Le donne, i cavalier, 1' arme, gli amori, Le cortesie, 1' audaci imprese io canto Che furo al tempo che passaro i Mori D' Africa il mare, e in Francia nocquer tanto. . . . ' The ladies, the knights, the feats of arms, the loves, the courtesies, the bold adventures are my theme." In one word, his purpose was to paint the world of chivalry.
Pàgina 123 - But sweat of Hercules can ne'er beget So blest an issue. Therefore, we proclaim, If any spirit breathes within this round, Uncapable of weighty passion, (As from his birth being hugged in the arms, And nuzzled...
Pàgina 321 - Un Papato composto di rispetti, Di considerazioni e di discorsi, Di più, di poi, di ma, di sì, di forsi, Di pur, di assai parole senza effetti ; Di pensier, di consigli, di concetti, Di congetture magre per apporsi D...
Pàgina 49 - Ch' amor sovente sospirando desta ; Se spira, e fa sentir di sé novella, E dopo molti giorni ancora resta, Mostra con chiaro ed evidente effetto, Come a principio buono era e perfetto. The unique importance of Ariosto in the history of Renaissance poetry justifies a lengthy examination of his masterpiece. In him the chief artistic forces of the age were so combined that he remains its best interpreter. Painting, the cardinal art of Italy, determined his method ; and the tide of his narrative car1...
Pàgina 378 - I had,) and been counted happy to be bom in such a place of philosophic freedom, as they supposed England was, while themselves did nothing but bemoan the servile condition into which learning amongst them was brought; that this was it which had damped the glory of Italian wits ; that nothing had been there...
Pàgina 380 - Milan. The question still remains to be asked how Aretino, Berni's avowed enemy, obtained possession of the MS. Berni had many literary friends. Yet none of them came forward to avert the catastrophe. None of them undertook the publication of his remains. His last work was produced, not at Florence, where he lived and died, but at Venice ; and Albicante, Aretino's tool, was editor. In the present state of our knowledge it is impossible to answer this question authoritatively. Considerable light,...

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