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Jerusalem Delivered

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ISBN-10: 0801863236

ISBN-13: 9780801863233

Edition: 2001

Authors: Torquato Tasso, Anthony M. Esolen, Anthony M. Esolen

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Late in the eleventh century the First Crusade culminated in the conquest of Jerusalem by Christian armies. Five centuries later, when Torquato Tasso began to search for a subject worthy of an epic, Jerusalem was governed by a sultan, Europe was in the crisis of religious division, and the Crusades were a nostalgic memory. Tasso turned to the First Crusade both as a subject that would test his poetic ambition and as a reflection on the quandaries of his own time. He sought to create a masterpiece that would deserve comparison with the great epics of the past. Gerusalemme liberata became one of the most widely read and cherished books of the Renaissance. First published in 1581, it was…    
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Few poets have had a more anguished life than Italy's Torquato Tasso, about whom Goethe wrote his celebrated tragedy Torquato Tasso. His great chivalric epic of the Christian crusades is Jerusalem Delivered (1575). Tasso, who was a critic before he was a poet, sought to make Homer and Virgil his models and Dante his source of Christian poetic inspiration, but the resulting epic, as finally published in 1581, is a work of Petrarchan melancholy. Unlike Dante or Ariosto, Tasso did not succeed in objectifying a world in the epic manner. In celebrating the deeds of heroes, he remained subjective and lyric. The reason may be, as some have suggested, that he felt Italy was a long way from becoming…    

Anthony Esolen is professor of English at Providence College, where he has taught for many years.

Acknowledgments
Note on the Translation
Introduction
Jerusalem Delivered
Allegory of the Poem
Cast of Characters
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index