Item description for Selected Poems (Fyfield Books) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti & Clive Wilmer...
For critics like John Ruskin and Walter Pater, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1892) was one of the great creative figures of the day, a painter and a poet of major stature. Yeats and the young Pound regarded him as an exemplary figure of solitary dedication to art and beauty. He called the sonnet 'a moment's monument', and his best short lyrics are instants of oppressed emotion cut free of time. In this, as in the suggestiveness of his imagery, he anticipates the French Symbolists. He can also be regarded as the founder of modern verse translation, not only for the freshness of his versions but also for his choice of poets---Villon, Cavalcanti and the young Dante. In this selection, Clive Wilmer has made a personal choice, emphasizing the 'pure poetry' of the lyrics at the expense of the more conventionally Victorian monologues and narratives. He has also included a generous selection from the translations, and provided a biographical and critical introduction.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Apr 12, 2002
ISBN 041594080X ISBN13 9780415940801
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More About Dante Gabriel Rossetti & Clive Wilmer
Dante, or Dante Alighieri, before he wrote the Divine Comedy, was an ambitious poet among others who were adventuring into the first "vulgar language" literature in Europe, abandoning Latin for the street language that people actually spoke. The twenty poets in this work were sharing in this break with the past, concentrating on the theme of Love in the late 1200s in Florence, Italy.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born in 1828 and died in 1882.
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Terrible Dec 25, 2007
A great poet's work is massacred here by an editor who pulls apart many of his great works such as the House of Life with arbtirary and misleading editing. The editor of this really has done a poor job in selecting DG rossetti's fine work or presenting it properly.Its like reading selections from Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet what does it mean?
Many of Rossetti's best Jan 1, 2005
Dante Gabriel Rossetti is perhaps the most famous of the pre-Raphaelite artists, a poet and painter of unusual skill. "Selected Poems" brings together quite a few of his best poems, including some of his more famous poems, but also more obscure ones.
It includes his best known ones such as "The Blessed Damozel" ("Her robe, ungirt from clasp to hem,/No wrought flowers did adorn,/But a white rose of Mary's gift,/For service meetly worn"), but also lesser-known ones like the charming "Woodspurge," the haunting balladic "Sister Helen," and the lush, sensuous "Card-Dealer" ("Into the silence languidly/As a tune into a tune,/Those eyes unravel the coil'd night/And know the stars at noon.")
If one thing shines through in this collection, it is Rossetti's love of beauty and his rich use of language. The pre-Raphaelite movement was created to advance the styles of Renaissance Italy, and Rossetti was among the most successful. His writing style is on best display here, in all its forms.
Clive Wilmer makes several good choices for the poems involved, showcasing all of the styles that Rossetti did best. Some are like songs, some are sonnets, and some simply straightforward rhyming poems. So the focus is on pure poetry that has aged the best, not on the style of the Victorian era.
Rossetti's style is ornate and a bit old-sounding ("Thou seest the card that falls; -- she knows/The card that followeth"), and is overwhelmed with references to nature -- plants, wind, hills, diamonds and "smooth polish'd silent things." And, of course, beautiful women with shadowy eyes and golden hair.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poetry is well-chosen in Clive Wilmer's collection, and a good introduction to his writings. Lush, rich and lastingly beautiful.