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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 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.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 12/5/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Map of Villon's Paris|
|The Poems of Franï¿½ois Villon|
|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'Orlï¿½ans|
|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|