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Proensa: An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry

by George Economou and Paul Blackburn

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The poetry of the Provencal troubadours has influenced the development of the lyric, from Dante and Petrarch to Ezra Pound and the Black Mountain poets, despite the difficulty of Old Provencal, or Occitan, the original language of the troubadours. This is an anthology of thirty troubadour poets of the eleventh through thirteenth centuries.
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  • Paperback
    $31.34
ISBN: 9781681370309
ANNOTATION:
The poetry of the Provencal troubadours has influenced the development of the lyric, from Dante and Petrarch to Ezra Pound and the Black Mountain poets, despite the difficulty of Old Provencal, or Occitan, the original language of the troubadours. This is an anthology of thirty troubadour poets of the eleventh through thirteenth centuries.

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The poetry of the Provencal troubadours has influenced the development of the lyric, from Dante and Petrarch to Ezra Pound and the Black Mountain poets, despite the difficulty of Old Provencal, or Occitan, the original language of the troubadours. This is an anthology of thirty troubadour poets of the eleventh through thirteenth centuries.

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The poetry of the Provencal troubadours has had a profound influence on the development of the lyric, from Dante and Petrarch to Ezra Pound and the Black Mountain poets, despite the difficulty of Old Provencal, or Occitan, the original language of the troubadours. The renewed interest of the English-speaking world in troubadour poetry was initiated in the early twentieth century by Pound's criticism and translations of the troubadours. Yet no poet writing in English has done more for this body of work than the American poet and translator Paul Blackburn, who devoted more than twenty years to the study and translation of occitan ancien. Proensa is the result of that long commitment, an anthology of thirty troubadour poets of the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. It is a dexterous and spirited work of translation, which, as George Economou writes in his introduction, "will take its place among Gavin Douglas' Aeneid, Golding's Metamorphoses, the Homer of Chapman, Pope, and Lattimore, Waley's Japanese, and Pound's Chinese, Italian, and Old English."

Author Biography

George Economou was born in Great Falls, Montana, and was educated at Colgate and Columbia Universities. Named twice as Fellow in Poetry by the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has also held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He retired as Professor Emeritus of English after forty-one years of teaching, the last seventeen of which were at the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Philadelphia and Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Review

"Shortly after Proensa was first published by Robert Creeley in Mallorca in 1953, Paul Blackburn wrote his own best definition of these songs: 'To give / and man enough to receive, LOVE, / when he finds it offered. / To take the sun and the goods of earth, while it lasts.' Over sixty years later his voicings of the troubadours still ring fresh--leaping with joy, sorrowing with duende." --Richard Sieburth "Blackburn's forgotten translation of Troubadour poets, Proensa, is a testament to translation as a test of truth...never did strings plucked at such a distance reverberate so closely."--Paul Pines, Big Bridge

"Blackburn has skillfully incorporated musical elements and also 'high' diction and syntax...a great translation."--Stephen Fredman, Chicago Review

"Spare, modern, and abstract without violating the artistic intricacy of the original...Proensa is a boon to those who will never experience the pleasure of studying the troubadours in their original accents but who now can appreciate their complex beauty in Paul Blackburn's dense dynamic re-creations."--Patricia Harris, Romance Philology

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"Blackburn has skillfully incorporated musical elements and also 'high' diction and syntax...a great translation."--Stephen Fredman, Chicago Review

Product Details

Short Title
PROENSA
Pages
256
Publisher
New York Review of Books
Language
English
Translator
Paul Blackburn
ISBN-10
1681370301
ISBN-13
9781681370309
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry
Country of Publication
United States
Edited by
George Economou
Author
George Economou, Paul Blackburn
Year
2017
Edition
Main
Publication Date
2017-01-15
Audience
General/Trade