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Franciscae Meae Laudes (Praises Of My Francesca)

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Novis te cantabo chordis,
O novelletum quod ludis
In solitudine cordis.

Esto sertis implicata,
Ô femina delicata
Per quam solvuntur peccata!

Sicut beneficum Lethe,
Hauriam oscula de te,

Quae imbuta es magnete.
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Kayode Are 18 November 2017

Delightful, uplifting and inspiring tribute.

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Magdalena Biela 19 March 2015

Charles Baudelaire wrote ONE single poem in Latin, to prove that in the XXth century, he, the Father of Symbolism, can create a Latin poem as well, if not better, as Catullus, Ovid, Virgil, Cicero, Horace. The most wonderful ode to Francesca da Rimini. This poem remained somehow in shadow: the readers know that Baudelaire created in French, but very few know that a Latin poem became the greatest Ode of the XXth century in respect of its prosody nad musicality given by its rhyme, especially the effect provoked by the final three endings: usca, esca, isca. The English versions do not capture the very essence of the Latin beauty of this poem (although the translations are good, but like every translation, they loose the greatness of the classic Latin scented rhyme) .

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