Sonnets of Love and Death

Jean de Sponde, Author, David R. Slavitt, Translator, Jean Sponde, Author
Jean de Sponde, Author, David R. Slavitt, Translator, Jean Sponde, Author Northwestern University Press $15.95 (83p) ISBN 978-0-8101-1840-9
Reviewed on: 07/01/2001
Release date: 08/01/2001
Hardcover - 77 pages - 978-0-313-21126-3
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A true Renaissance man, Basque-born Jean de Sponde (1557-1595) was a jurist, alchemist and poet, among other vocations and avocations. Prolific poet, translator and Bennington College faculty member David R. Slavitt has taken Sponde's old French Sonnets of Love & Death and put them in modern English, while attempting to preserve Ssponde's rhyme scheme and immediacy. The results are mixed, but this bilingual edition allows easy comparisons. (July)
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