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Laments: A Bilingual Edition Hardcover – September 30, 1995


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One of Poland's foremost contemporary poets and Ireland's most famous living bard offer a collaborative translation, with the original Polish on facing pages, of Poland's first supreme contribution to world literature. The Treny or Laments of Jan Kochanowski (1530^-84) mourn the death of his 30-month-old youngest daughter, defying poetic tradition by doing so, for such elegies were reserved for the mighty and famous. They also show the quintessential Renaissance scholar-poet struggling with the stoicism enjoined by classical philosophy because it simply did not answer his grief. At last, in a dream of his mother holding the lost child, Kochanowski receives Christian consolation in eternal life and in the acceptance of "time's great remedy . . . The wax / And wane of things, and nothing more" while he lives. An elegy as great as Milton's Lycidas and Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed," Laments exerts a more poignant appeal because it commemorates a child. Ray Olson

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Text: English, Polish (translation)
Original Language: Polish
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (September 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374182906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374182908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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