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Famous Canzone Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Canzone poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous canzone poems. These examples illustrate what a famous canzone poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE VIII. Vergine bella che di sol vestita. TO THE VIRGIN MARY.  Beautiful Virgin! clothed with the sun,Crown'd with the stars, who so the...Read More



by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE II. O aspettata in ciel, beata e bella. IN SUPPORT OF THE PROPOSED CRUSADE AGAINST THE INFIDELS.  O spirit wish'd and waited for in...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE II. Amor, se vuoi ch' i' torni al giogo antico. UNLESS LOVE CAN RESTORE HER TO LIFE, HE WILL NEVER AGAIN BE HIS SLAVE.  Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE I. Che debb' io far? che mi consigli, Amore? HE ASKS COUNSEL OF LOVE, WHETHER HE SHOULD FOLLOW LAURA, OR STILL ENDURE EXISTENCE.  What...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
[Pg 74] CANZONE IX. Gentil mia donna, i' veggio. IN PRAISE OF LAURA'S EYES: THEY LEAD HIM TO CONTEMPLATE THE PATH OF LIFE.  Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE XI.[R] Mai non vo' più cantar, com' io soleva. ENIGMAS.  Never more shall I sing, as I have sung:For...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE VII. Quell' antiquo mio dolce empio signore. LOVE, SUMMONED BY THE POET TO THE TRIBUNAL OF REASON, PASSES A SPLENDID EULOGIUM ON LAURA.  Long...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
[Pg 124] CANZONE XVI. Italia mia, benchè 'l parlar sia indarno. TO THE PRINCES OF ITALY, EXHORTING THEM TO SET HER FREE.  Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE VIII. Perchè la vita è breve. IN PRAISE OF LAURA'S EYES: THE DIFFICULTY OF HIS THEME.  Since human life is frail,And genius trembles...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
[Pg 67] CANZONE VII. Lasso me, ch i' non so in qual parte pieghi. HE WOULD CONSOLE HIMSELF WITH SONG, BUT IS CONSTRAINED TO WEEP. ...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE XXI. I' vo pensando, e nel pensier m' assale. SELF-CONFLICT.  Ceaseless I think, and in each wasting thoughtSo strong a pity for myself...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE I. Nel dolce tempo della prima etade. HIS SUFFERINGS SINCE HE BECAME THE SLAVE OF LOVE.  In the sweet season when my life was...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
[Pg 76] CANZONE X. Poichè per mio destino. IN PRAISE OF LAURA'S EYES: IN THEM HE FINDS EVERY GOOD, AND HE CAN NEVER CEASE TO PRAISE THEM....Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE IV. Si è debile il filo a cui s' attene. HE GRIEVES IN ABSENCE FROM LAURA.  The thread on which my weary life dependsRead More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE XIV. Chiare, fresche e dolci acque. TO THE FOUNTAIN OF VAUOLUSE—CONTEMPLATIONS OF DEATH.  Ye limpid brooks, by whose clear streamsMy goddess laid her...Read More

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