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The Complete Poems of Michelangelo by Buonarroti Michelangelo


The Complete Poems of Michelangelo by Buonarroti Michelangelo

Michelangelo studied and wrote poetry throughout his life, and his finest literary efforts are allied with the masterwoks of his visual art, and this translation captures the pathos, complexity, and ardor of both Michelangelo's language and his poetic temperament. The text gives a glimpse into one of the most fascinating minds in the history of art, as Michelangelo laboured in the Sistine Chapel he composed a series of passionate love sonnets and while struggling, near the end of his life, to complete his final Pieta he worked at religious poems anguished in their fervour.

About the Author

John Frederick Nims (1913-1999) was the author of eight books of poetry, including Knowledge of the Evening, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Among his many translations is The Poems of Saint John of the Cross, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Publication date

15th April 2000


Buonarroti Michelangelo

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University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press


198 pages


Poetry by individual poets



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