Francesco Petrarch

(1304-1374 / Arezzo, Italy)

I find no peace, and yet I make no war: - Poem by Francesco Petrarch

‘Pace non trovo, et non ò da fa guerra:'

I find no peace, and yet I make no war:
and fear, and hope: and burn, and I am ice:
and fly above the sky, and fall to earth,
and clutch at nothing, and embrace the world.
One imprisons me, who neither frees nor jails me,
nor keeps me to herself nor slips the noose:
and Love does not destroy me, and does not loose me,
wishes me not to live, but does not remove my bar.
I see without eyes, and have no tongue, but cry:
and long to perish, yet I beg for aid:
and hold myself in hate, and love another.
I feed on sadness, laughing weep:
death and life displease me equally:
and I am in this state, lady, because of you.

Translated by: A. S. Kline


Comments about I find no peace, and yet I make no war: by Francesco Petrarch

  • Susan Williams (7/21/2017 2:28:00 PM)


    I find no peace, and yet I make no war:
    and fear, and hope: and burn, and I am ice:
    and fly above the sky, and fall to earth,
    and clutch at nothing, and embrace the world.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A person could revel in words like these, so well chosen and woven together. I have got to get myself a book of Petrarch's poetry.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 10, 2016



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