One of the most celebrated translations of Dante Alighieri's great love poem, a primary inspiration behind The Divine Comedy, now repackaged in a lovely pocket-sized edition perfect for the devoted Dantisti or the casual poetry lover.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was born into a noble family in Florence and settled in Ravenna after being exiled due to a bitter feud in his home city. Celebrated as a poet from his youth, Dante was also an influential literary and political theorist. His most famous works are The New Life (circa 1293); De vulgar eloquentia (circa 1304-7), and The Divine Comedy, which he began in 1307 and finished shortly before his death. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts and was one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Though he is best known as a painter, Rossetti was also a poet and his poems made a lasting impression on such writers as Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, and Ezra Pound. Michael Palmer has published ten collections of poetry and has taught at universities in the United States and Europe. His most recent collections are Thread (2011), Aygi Cycle (2009), and The Laughter of the Sphinx (forthcoming in 2016).
"Rossetti made a remarkable translation of the Vita Nuova,
in some places improving (or at least enriching) the original. He
was indubitably the man 'sent,' or 'chosen,' for that particular
job." -Ezra Pound
"[Rossetti's translation is] the fruit of countless hours of brooding over Italian painting, Italian images, Italian sounds and thoughts." -John Wain