Gaspara Stampa Poems
- Rime 208
- Rime 28 When before those eyes, my life and light, my beauty...
- Rime 08 If I, who am an abject, low-born woman, Can bear ...
- Rime 43 Harsh is my fortune, but harsher still is the ...
- Rime 104 O night to me more splendid and more blessed Than ...
- I Swear To You, Love, By Your ... I swear to you, Love, by...
- Every Planet Above, And Every ... Every planet above, and ...
Gaspara Stampa was an Italian poet.
Born in Padua, Stampa's father, Bartolomeo, originally from Milan, was a jewel and gold merchant in Padua. When Stampa was eight, her father died and her mother, Cecilia, moved to Venice with her children Gaspara, Cassandra, and Baldassarre; whom she educated to literature, music, history, and painting. Gaspara and Cassandra excelled at singing and playing the lute, possibly due to training by Tuttovale Menon. Early on, the Stampa household became a literary club, visited by many well-known Venetian writers, painters and musicians.
When her brother died in 1544, Stampa suffered greatly and formed the intention of ... more »
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Love made me such that I live in fire
like a new salamander on earth
or like that other rare creature, the Phoenix,
who expires and rises at the same time