By Louise Labe, Richard Sieburth, Richard Sieburth, Karin Lessing
Louise Labé, essentially the most unique poets of the French Renaissance, released her entire Works round the age of thirty after which disappeared from heritage. Rediscovered within the 19th century, her incandescent love sonnets have been later translated into German by way of Rilke and seem right here in a revelatory new English model by means of the award-winning translator Richard Sieburth
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S brother François plays a part in a mock naval battle on the river, the cordage of whose ships was probably provided by her father. 1549 Joachim du Bellay publishes his Défense et illustration de la langue française as well as L’Olive, the first major sonnet cycle to be written in French. 1550 Pierre de Ronsard publishes the first four books of his Odes. 1548– 51? Death of her father Pierre Charly. Her brother François becomes the head of the family. L. and husband Ennemond buy a house with garden near the current place Bellecour in Lyon.
When the Parthian warrior is done for the day, He takes a parting shot & flees the place. I saw & soothed your early complaints As concerned my initial restraint: But now that you have set me fully on fire, And I lie at the point of your desire: You’ve doused your flame in some other sea, Much colder than I ever claimed to be. XVII Je fuis la vile, & temples, & tous lieus, Esquels prenant plaisir à t’ouir pleindre, Tu peus, & non sans force, me contreindre De te donner ce qu’estimois le mieus. Masques, tournois, jeus me sont ennuieus, Et rien sans toy de beau ne me puis peindre: Tant que tachant à ce desir esteindre, Et un nouvel obget faire à mes yeus, Et des pensers amoureus me distraire, Des bois espais sui le plus solitaire: Mais j’aperçoy, ayant erré maint tour, Que si je veus de toy estre delivre, Il me convient hors de moymesme vivre, Ou fais encor que loin sois en sejour.
What are the eyes whose honey hides their sting? Which drive us the most quickly to despair? What song is most befitting to a man? Who could sing of his sorrow more deeply? Who could stir the lute to play more sweetly? Who could compass all of nature in his span? I wouldn’t want to claim that I knew best, Love having convinced me nevertheless: But I know one thing well, of this I’m sure, That all the beauty we most keenly prize, And all the art that improves on Nature, Could not increase the drive of my desire.
Love sonnets & elegies by Louise Labe, Richard Sieburth, Richard Sieburth, Karin Lessing