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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 I. Che debb' io far? che mi consigli, Amore? HE ASKS COUNSEL OF LOVE, WHETHER HE SHOULD FOLLOW LAURA, OR STILL ENDURE EXISTENCE.  What should I do? what, Love, dost thou advise?Full time it is to die: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 new,Which saw the birth, and still the being seesOf the fi...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 heaven,That wearest gracefully our human clay,Not as...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.  If thou wouldst have me, Love, thy slave again,One other proof, miraculous and new,Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...CANZONE III. Verdi panni, sanguigni, oscuri o persi. WHETHER OR NOT HE SHOULD CEASE TO LOVE LAURA.  Green robes and red, purple, or brown, or grayNo lady ever wore,Nor hair of gold in sunny tr...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 dependsSo fragile is and weak,If none kind succour lends,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.  Lady, in your bright eyesSoft glancing round, I mark a holy light,Pointing t...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...CANZONE V. Nella stagion che 'l ciel rapido inchina. NIGHT BRINGS REPOSE TO OTHERS, BUT NOT TO HIM.  In that still season, when the rapid sunDrives down the west, and daylight flies to greetNa...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.  Me wretched! for I know not whither tendThe hopes which have so long my heart betray'd: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 had I suffer'd, till—to combat moreIn strength, in hope too sunk—at ...Read More

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 Eternal SunWell pleasedst that in thine his light...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 at the lofty theme,I little confidence in either pl...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.  Since then by destinyI am compell'd to sing the strong desire,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 still she heeded not; ...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...CANZONE XIII. Se 'l pensier che mi strugge. HE SEEKS IN VAIN TO MITIGATE HIS WOE.  Oh! that my cheeks were taughtBy the fond, wasting thoughtTo wear such hues as could its influence speak;...Read 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 tender limbs!Ye gentle boughs, who...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.  O my own Italy! though words are vainThe mortal wounds to close,Unnumber'd, tha...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...CANZONE XVII. Di pensier in pensier, di monte in monte. DISTANCE AND SOLITUDE.  From hill to hill I roam, from thought to thought,With Love my guide; the beaten path I fly,For there in vain th...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...CANZONE XX. Ben mi credea passar mio tempo omai. HE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT SEEING HER, BUT WOULD NOT DIE THAT HE MAY STILL LOVE HER.  As pass'd the years which I have left behind,To pass my future years I fondly thought,<...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 appears,[Pg 22...Read More

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