Guido Cavalcanti

Cavalcanti, Guido (c.1255–1300), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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A new English translation of 36 of Cavalcanti’s poems including the famous Donna me prega. Guido Cavalcanti was an Italian poet born around 1255, best known as a leading figure in the Dolce Stil Novo (“Sweet New Style”) movement. Based in Florence, he was a close friend of Dante Alighieri. His work largely centres on themes of love and philosophy. Donna me prega, is a complex sonnet that delves into the metaphysics of love. The poem employs intricate philosophical arguments and is often interpreted through the lens of Neoplatonism. Cavalcanti’s poetry is marked by its intellectual depth and technical skill, featuring experimental forms and a focus on introspective themes. Cavalcanti died in 1300, but his work has endured as a critical subject for scholars of medieval Italian literature and philosophy.

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Kline, A. S.

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