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Jerusalem Delivered Arguably the greatest Italian poet after Dante Torquato Tasso was born in Sorrento in and died in Rome in having served as the court poet in Ferrara been confined for years in a madhouse

  • Title: Jerusalem Delivered
  • Author: Torquato Tasso Anthony M. Esolen
  • ISBN: 9780801863233
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jerusalem Delivered By Torquato Tasso Anthony M. Esolen, Arguably the greatest Italian poet after Dante, Torquato Tasso was born in Sorrento in 1544 and died in Rome in 1595, having served as the court poet in Ferrara, been confined for years in a madhouse after attacking a servant with a knife, and composed one of the great works of Renaissance literature Unjustly neglected today, Tasso s epic poem Jerusalem Delivered firstArguably the greatest Italian poet after Dante, Torquato Tasso was born in Sorrento in 1544 and died in Rome in 1595, having served as the court poet in Ferrara, been confined for years in a madhouse after attacking a servant with a knife, and composed one of the great works of Renaissance literature Unjustly neglected today, Tasso s epic poem Jerusalem Delivered first published in 1581 is set in the 11th century and tells the story of the First Crusade and the siege which gave Christian armies control over Jerusalem and the Holy Lands for a time.As in other epic poems, Jerusalem Delivered deftly mixes history and myth Tasso s heroes Godfrey, leader of the Christian armies Rinaldo, bravest of the Christian warriors and Tancred, the Italian prince who falls in love with the pagan warrioress Clorinda, whom he eventually andsimultaneously converts and kills must face not only the Saracens and their allies, but also a host of fearsome and manipulative devils, demons, and sorcerers This is a sweeping and often thrilling tale of war, faith, love, and sex that easily rivals its classical predecessors Writing at a time when Christianity was bitterly divided, Tasso was naturally concerned with the nature of leadership and loyalty, with the importance of sacrifice, with the evils of corruption, and with the existence of truth, themes that continue to resonate today No wonder that for three centuries, Jerusalem Delivered was considered the great modern epic Indeed, Spenser borrowed scenes and episodes from this poem in writing the Faerie Queen , and Milton was greatly influenced by Tasso when writing his own Christian epic, Paradise Lost.English language readers who are familiar with Tasso s grand romance have until now known it only through a verse translation by English poet Edward Fairfax published in 1600 In order to fit Tasso s stanzas into the then popular Spenserian verse form, Fairfax had to alter the original poem considerably Now, 400 years later, Anthony Esolen presents a new translation that transforms Jerusalem Delivered into an English language masterpiece The first major verse translation into English since Fairfax s, Esolen s version is both true to its original source and fluid than that of hisElizabethan predecessor Esolen has translated Jerusalem Delivered with the care of poet, capturing the delight of Tasso s descriptions, the different voices of its cast of characters, the shadingsbetween glory and tragedy, and does them all in an English as powerful as Tasso s Italian Esolen s will immediately be acclaimed as the definitive translation of this powerful work of faith and war Like theFagles Iliad and Odyssey , the Pinsky Inferno , and Seamus Heaney s imaginative new rendering of Beowulf , Anthony Esolen s bold, fast moving, and faithful translation of Tasso sCrusade era adventure will introduce a new generation of readers to a masterpiece of world literature.

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    1. Nelle partite dell antico sport dell meglioAriostooTasso simile a quello che giocavo da bambino pi forteHulkolaCosa io mi sono sempre presentato con la maglietta dei tassofili, trovandomi tra gli avversari esperti giocatori del passato come Galileo Galilei, che attaccava cos Mi sempre parso e pare che questo poeta Tasso sia nelle sue invenzioni oltre tutti i termini gretto, povero e miserabile e all opposito l Ariosto magnifico, ricco e mirabile e quando mi volgo a considerare i cavalieri con le [...]

    2. Absolutely beautiful work, and my favorite epic poem hands down I had never heard of this work until I took a class called From Homer to Star Wars in which we, as the name implies, started with Homer s epics, and followed major epics through to Star Wars There are several comments which I wish to make about this incredible piece.1 The poetry is incredible The description of Satan put my hair on end and left me speechless Also, note the brilliance of the description of the soldiers marching blend [...]

    3. A true epic, in scope and delivery and Wickert s work is what every translator should strive for This is a highly fictionalised rendering of the First Crusade s taking of Jerusalem Hints of The Iliad and The Aeneid are everywhere, although Tasso s depiction of war is somber and less heroic His evil council of Hell in turn influenced Milton s Paradise Lost.Godfrey of Bouillon, heroic Tancred and invincible Rinaldo vie for supremacy with the likes of Solyman the Sultan, unstoppable Argant and Clo [...]

    4. Full review at Vintage Novels Reading Tasso I was struck by how similar epic poems are to the modern epic blockbuster movie Think of the Ridley Scott style oevre You have blithe disregard for historical accuracy, unbelievable feats of arms, and completely apocryphal romance subplots, often starring hilariously waiflike action girls who mow down enemies by the score.Believe it or not, when our forefathers sat down to write blockbuster poems, this was or less the approach they took, and Tasso is [...]

    5. I can t sing enough praise for these 20 cantos that Tasso laid down for us in 1581 I already thought that Orlando Furioso was a clear cut masterpiece, and this might just be better in terms of late Renaissance epic poetry Glory and tragedy is rendered through poetic stanzas which depict a highly imaginary crusader setting You can open this textbook size book and flip to any given page, point at a block of text and be blown away by Tasso s poetic ability and thats without context plus translated [...]

    6. Beautiful and captivating, even in the often rhyming verse translation expertly, brilliantly executed by Anthony Esolen I never thought that I d enjoy a verse translation of anything so much.I thought I was reading another tale in the Carolingian Cycle, especially because one of the main characters has the same name as one of Charlemagne s foremost knights, and because Tasso s name constantly occurs beside that of Ludovico Ariosto, author of Orlando Furioso Instead this story takes place during [...]

    7. O ye scourge of the enemies of Christ My army, conqueror of the Orient Behold the final day, the day has comeWhich you have craved, for which your toil s been spent,And all the rebel populations haveMerged here against you, all with heaven s consent,That you may, with your foes in unison,Fight many wars and win them all in one Canto 20 Stanza 14I enjoyed every bit of this Heroic speeches, noble charges, last stands, cowardice, betrayal, courage, and valor on a grand scale everything you would de [...]

    8. I strongly believe that all serious readers should at least once per year take a trip back in time to read something from another era In this manner, Jerusalem Delivered is well worth consideringJerusalem delivered is a great work which shows how close to the classical period European culture was during the Renaissance In English translation, this epic poem written in Italian is very similar in feel to Virgil s Latin Epic the Aenid The author who was a purely a man of letters writes interminable [...]

    9. La Gerusalemme Liberata un libro denso come una cioccolata calda In ottave, certo, emb L ottava ha un grande potere, che quello di dare a te il ritmo di lettura L ottava decide al posto tuo quanto a lungo devi leggere prima di fermarti o prima di soffermarti.Rispetto a quelle dell Ariosto qui c maggiore corposit , sono meno ariose, pi lente e meditate, piene di sofferenza Ci sono tante storie che si intrecciano con legami pi stretti, ci sono uomini che si sacrificano, donne che si sacrificano Le [...]

    10. SO, this story is kind of ridiculous and, obviously, I would have liked it had it been about Philippe Auguste but it s also incredibly vibrant Nash has a very readable prose translation, and the footnotes indicate he also has a genuine affection for the work, which is nice As epics go, it rates below the Odyssey, but above the Iliad and Virgil, and definitely above Roland and the Cid I d like to read Ariosto and Boiardo now, because I know this means Cervantes will never forgive me I think the [...]

    11. Over the last decade or so, fantasy fiction has emerged from a geeky underground genre to become a real cultural force in it s own right Go into any bookstore or just check the sales rankings and you ll see and endless line of titles featuring wizards, warlocks, damsels in distress or causing distress and the whole sword swinging, shining knight and evil wizard deal providing fuel to the imagination Any day of the week you can turn on a tv or head into a movie theatee and see CGI orcs, trolls an [...]

    12. In the Gerusalemme Liberata Tasso sets out, and succeeds, in writing what may be the quintessential Renaissance epic drawing obviously on Homer and Vergil he doesn t just try to match classical epic but to over reach it By Christianising the heroic quest he gives a different kind of moral and spiritual framework to the genre which is both recognisable and transformed.But this is no dry, dull read exciting, dramatic and passionate, this is set during the first crusade as the Christian army besige [...]

    13. Torquato Tasso 1544 1595 wrote Jerusalem Delivered in 1575 published in 1581 This poetic epic can easily be compared to the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer Even though Tasso isn t a household name, his works have weathered the test of time and are still highly inspirational Basically Jerusalem Delivered is an account of the First Crusade 1096 1099 to the Holy Lands I admit that epic poetry isn t my primary forte but I can still see the literary value in this antiquated historical work This isn t a wo [...]

    14. This is an epic poem about the First Crusade to liberate the Holy Land Little read today, it was once consider a must read during the Renaissance Tasso imitates Homer and Virgil in composing this work and pits love against duty within the main characters A work that should be resurrected.

    15. I ve enjoyed my few encounters with epic poetry, and Jerusalem Delivered certainly delivers The history packed into this drama of the first crusade is fascinating, and the fictional scenarios and characters only add to the tale.

    16. Most things I ve read comparing Ariosto to Tasso seem to think Tasso the better poet While I enjoyed this poem, I loved Ariosto This is well worth the read I just liked Orlando Furioso .

    17. Sangue, sesso, guerra e dio, beh lo suggerisco agli amanti del piccolo principe, di baricco, fabio volo et al.

    18. Near the end of the year, I was so happy to discover the Renaissance epic Jerusalem Delivered, written by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso Anthony Esolen s translation is quite clear, lucid, and readable I love the battles, the romance, the piety, the free flowing form, the adventures It s all quite great Next year I hope to read Orlando Furioso, which I hear is even funnier and cooler than Tasso s poem I think the adjective I can use to best describe it is C.S Lewis s own adjective edifying Why [...]

    19. Hey, what if Orlando Furioso was a bunch shorter and way dour Jerusalem Delivered is kind of uneven, but there are several beautiful high points, like Tasso s detailed descriptions of siege warfare.

    20. I would give this a four star rating for Professor Esolen s translation He is a masterful translator and commentator The two star rating is my inability to get into the subject matter of the poem, and that is my fault than Tasso.

    21. This book is probably only going to be read with someone with an antiquarian interest I did because of its influence on English epics like The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost I didn t go into with very high hopes how can anyone now really get too excited about what is essentially a propaganda piece for the Catholic church s actions in the First Crusade But I was fairly wrong Tasso s poem is at least in places complex than that The Muslim foes are given what was to me a surprising amount of resp [...]

    22. Torquato Tasso is one of world s great poets, and JERUSALEM DELIVERED is his undeservedly neglected masterwork although his short lyrics are absolutely exquisitie and I re read them regularly JERUSALEM DELIVERED tells the enchanting, disturbing story of the First Crusade with fanciful adornments but, like Homer s depiction of Hector in the ILIAD, surprisingly even handed in depicting the nobility and essential dignity of the Sultan A book to spend some time with, particularly given the current t [...]

    23. Reading epic poetry is always difficult, but I was surprised at how easily I read Tasso s Jerusalem Delivered A story about love, war, magic, religion, hate written in beautiful verse and holding some of the most touching poetry I ve ever read After getting used to the form, it turned into a real page turner

    24. Flashy and beautiful but I feel like it would be better in Italian.He carries some traditions from the Greek epics but also expands upon them I m not quite sure why it was recommended for a course on American literature though

    25. soooooo much of it is dull but armida is my favorite circe of all the circes in literature including circe.

    26. Adriana, are you there You have to read this poem, it s hard to believe how beautiful the already beautiful Italian can get.

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