Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Every Conception That A Man Can Find - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Every conception that a man can find
is in the stone itself, already there
concealed in excess, but will still require
a hand to free it that obeys the mind.
And you, like marble, lady without peer,
hold possibilities of every kind;
you hold the good I want and pain I fear,
though I effect the opposite of my design.
I won't claim Love's to blame for this, or Chance,
or fault your beauty or demanding will,
or blame unequal birth and circumstance;
I'll say that mercy and annihilation both
were waiting in your heart, and there my skill
cannot discover anything but death.


Comments about Every Conception That A Man Can Find by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/28/2015 1:03:00 PM)


    ITALIAN TEXT:
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    Non ha l'ottimo artista alcun concetto

    Non ha l'ottimo artista alcun concetto
    c'un marmo solo in se non circonscriva
    col suo superchio, e solo a quello arriva
    la man che ubbidisce all'intelletto.
    Il mal ch'io fuggo, e'l ben ch'io mi prometto,
    in te, donna leggiadra, altera e diva,
    tal si nasconde; e perch'io piu non viva
    contraria ho l'arte al disiato effetto.
    Amor dunque non ha, ne tua beltate
    o durezza o fortuna o gran disdegno
    del mio mal colpa, o mio destino o sorte;
    se dentro del tuo cor morte e pietate
    porti in un tempo, e che'l mio basso ingegno
    non sappia, ardendo, trarne altro che morte.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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