Poems

ISBN-10: 0810128780
ISBN-13: 9780810128781
Edition: 2013
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Description: One of the most original and influential European poets of the Middle Ages, François Villon took his inspiration from the streets, taverns, and jails of Paris. Villon was a subversive voice speaking from the margins of society. He wrote about love  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 12/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

One of the most original and influential European poets of the Middle Ages, François Villon took his inspiration from the streets, taverns, and jails of Paris. Villon was a subversive voice speaking from the margins of society. He wrote about love and sex, money trouble, "the thieving rich," and the consolations of good food and wine. His work is striking in its directness, wit, and gritty urban realism. Villon’s writing spurred the development of the psychologically complex first-person voice in lyric poetry. He has influenced generations of avant-garde poets and artists. Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine have emulated Villon’s poetry. Claude Debussy set it to music, and Bertolt Brecht adapted it for the stage. Ezra Pound championed Villon’s poetry and became largely responsible for its impact on modern verse. With David Georgi’s ingenious translation, English-speaking audiences finally have a text that captures the riotous energy and wordplay of the original. With a newly revised French text that reflects the latest scholarship, this bilingual edition also features inviting and informative notes that illuminate the nuances of Villon’s poems and the world of medieval Paris.

Map of Villon's Paris
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Poems of Fran�ois Villon
Bequests
The Testament
Shorter Poems
Letter to His Friends
Ballade of Fortune
Ballade of the Hanged Men
Ballade of Proverbs
Everything But Myself
Ballade of Countertruths
Villon's Debate with His Heart
In Praise of Marie d'Orl�ans
I Die of Thirst at the Fountain's Edge
Advice for the Groom
Request to the Prince
Ballade Against the Enemies of France
Ballade of Good Counsel
The Quatrain That Villon Made When He Was Condemned to Die
Now What Do You Think of My Appeal?
The Praise That Villon Gave to the Court
List of Abbreviations
Notes: A Companion to the Poems
Works Cited

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