Guido Cavalcanti

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Guido Cavalcanti (between 1250 and 1259 – August 1300) was a Florentine poet, as well as an intellectual influence on his best friend, Dante. His poems in their original Italian are available on Wikisource here.

Cavalcanti was born in Florence at a time when the comune was beginning its economic, political, intellectual and artistic ascendancy a ...

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Ballata 5: Light Do I See Within My Lady's Eyes

Light do I see within my Lady's eyes
And loving spirits in its plenisphere
Which bear in strange delight on my heart's care
Till Joy's awakened from that sepulchre.

Fresh New Rose

Fresh new rose
Delighting Spring,
By field and stream,
Singing gaily,

As I’ve No Hope Of Returning Ever

As I’ve no hope of returning ever,
Little ballad, lightly, softly,
Go yourself, to Tuscany,

Because No Hope Is Left Me, Ballatetta

Perch’i’ no spero di tornar giammai,
ballatetta, in Toscana,
va’ tu, leggera e piana,
dritt’ a la donna mia,

A Dispute With Death

0 SLUGGISH, hard, ingrate, what doest thou?
Poor sinner, folded round with heavy sin,
Whose life to find out joy alone is bent.


Fabrizio Frosini 18 November 2015

Another poem by Guido Cavalcanti (Italian text) : ''Io vidi li occhi dove Amor si mise'' Io vidi li occhi dove Amor si mise quando mi fece di sé pauroso, che mi guardar com' io fosse noioso: allora dico che 'l cor si divise; e se non fosse che la donna rise, i' parlerei di tal guisa doglioso, ch'Amor medesmo ne farei cruccioso, che fe' lo immaginar che mi conquise. Dal ciel si mosse un spirito, in quel punto che quella donna mi degnò guardare, e vennesi a posar nel mio pensero: elli mi conta sì d'Amor lo vero, che ogni sua virtù veder mi pare sì com' io fosse nello suo cor giunto.

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