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Author Villon, François, 1431-1463, author

Title Complete poems / François Villon ; edited with English translation and commentary by Barbara N. Sargent-Baur
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2018
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Series Toronto medieval texts and translations ; 9
Toronto medieval texts and translations ; 9
Summary Francois Villon was the last of the great medieval poets, as important in his own, more limited, sphere as Chaucer or Dante. His fame surpasses that of any other medieval French lyricist in spite of the modest quantity, uneven quality, and often repellent subject-matter of his work. His poems are largely autobiographical, and are rich in their descriptions of thefts, fights, nocturnal prowling, imprisonment, and exile. However, as Barbara Sargent-Baur points out, when Villon's work is good, it is very good, indeed unforgettable. His two major works are the Lais, a series of bequests in anticipation of his prudent departure from Paris, and Testament, which is about his primary topic, himself. There have been many translations of Villon's work into many languages, including English, but this is the first edition of the whole of the corpus utilizing a re-reading of all the manuscript sources and presenting for each poem a single-source text with all emendations accounted for. It is also the first annotated English version based on the best-text principle and respecting both Villon's meaning and his metrics. A modern edition of the French texts is presented beside the English on facing pages. In an extensive commentary, Sargent-Baur identifies the poet's literary and historical allusions, as well as place-names, legatees, and biographical data
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Text of poems in English and French on facing pages
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Subject Villon, François, 1431-1463 -- Translations into English.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Form Electronic book
Author Sargent-Baur, Barbara Nelson, editor, translator
ISBN 1487585810 (electronic bk.)
9781487585815 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Poems. English