A Year of Mourning: Poems 271-322 of Petrarch's Rerum by Francesco Petrarca,Lee Harlin Bahan

By Francesco Petrarca,Lee Harlin Bahan

Lee Harlin Bahan delves into the crowded box of Petrarch translations and provides a classical supplying with a postmodern-cool facelift. A yr of Mourning is bold, quirky, and playful, yet with conventional trimmings. the anticipated classical and Biblical references abound, but additionally shiny allusions to popular culture and the modern social scene, together with Madonna, Robert Frost, rock ‘n’ roll, even the Walnettos caramel-walnut sweet. this is often the Petrarch you recognize along the Petrarch you’ve by no means skilled prior to. this can be a Petrarch translation to not be missed.


Lee Bahan has undertaken a probably Herculean activity, to translate a bunch of Petrarch’s sonnets whereas putting off nearly every thing we go together with the be aware “Petrarchan”; it’s as though her template is a go among Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are not anything just like the solar” sonnet, and the lyrics of a very frustrated and dissatisfied state singer. this is often emphatically no longer our grandmother’s Petrarch, however it is via turns startling, enticing, superb, beguiling and infrequently stressful . . . mockingly sufficient, no longer not like the originals. If this is often previous wine, it’s being served from a winningly flamboyant new bottle.
  - Dick Davis, writer of At domestic, and much from Home

What if that lovelorn Italian sonneteer Francesco Petrarca was once a wisecracking man named Frank Petrarch from Indiana who fell in love together with his neighbor’s spouse, Laura, after which grew to become to poetry in sorrow while she died younger of an infectious disorder? the outcome can be whatever like Lee Harlin Bahan’s translations and alterations during this sonnet series. right here, the corset tightened until eventually the bones crack has been loosened to permit for a common diction, syntax, and idiom that permits that outdated ghost, Petrarch, to talk to us as though he have been alive at the present time. the result's readable, worthwhile, and interesting. this is often person who belongs in your nightstand.
  - Tony Barnstone, writer of Pulp Sonnets

Lee Harlin Bahan’s A 12 months of Mourning is a travel de strength, translating Petrarch into an idiom and poetics correct at domestic within the twenty-first century. “Translate” isn't relatively the fitting note as Bahan updates and postmodernizes Petrarch in interesting and unique type, whereas closing on stable scholarly flooring. References to Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, and the enticements, between others, spark the fondness, whereas allusions to the Bible, Chrétien de Troyes, and vintage Greek mythology soothe the tutorial brain. A 12 months of Mourning is either a pleasing learn and a enormous achievement.
  - Vince Gotera, editor of North American Review


Lee Harlin Bahan earned her MFA at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her thesis, Migration Solo, received the 1st Indiana Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her moment chapbook is Notes to Sing. Bahan’s personal poetry has seemed in Ploughshares, The Kenyon evaluation, and The North American evaluation, and her translations have seemed in typical Bridge, Southern Humanities evaluation, and Flying Island. After receiving an area provide to review Italian, Lee loved a month-long residency at Mary Anderson heart for the humanities, Mt. St. Francis, IN, pursuing her aim of translating Petrarch’s sonnets. Bahan lives along with her husband Pat in a hundred-year-old farmhouse open air Medora, IN.
  A 12 months of Mourning was once a unique honoree for the 2016 capable Muse publication Award.

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