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Attributed to an excess of black bile in the body, the earliest documented form of this ailment came to be known as “melancholy;” paramount among its effects was the emergence of a severely split being sincerely pursuing Virtue, yet markedly susceptible to the Passions that threatened to veer him off his course. What it’s really all about is the everafter. Petrarchan Studies and the Secretum Carozza. Views Read Edit View history. Here, more obviously, Petrarch is talking with himself, wondering about how he has spent his life and whether those ambitious projects — unfinished, in some cases, still — were really worth it.

Retrieved from ” https: Other notable influences include Cicero and other Pre-Christian thinkers. Instead, it is an imagined dialogue between Petrarch and St. Il mio segreto – Italia. What use was all that reading?

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Augustine — who is of course the St. From inside the book.

My Secret Book [Secretum] – Francesco Petrarca

Augustine wants him to be. The manifestations pehrarca this malady pervade his oeuvre as a whole: And Petrarch doesn’t seem to get the import of this.

Globally defined as a state of “general apathy,” acedia was believed more egregiously to affect solitary religious figures devoted to prayer. No eBook available Amazon. He studied the classics secretmu France and continued his education at the University of Bologna in Italy.

My Secret Book is a fascinating dialogue-with-the-self.

My Secret Book – Canada. Melancholy and the modern consciousness of Francesco Petrarca: Augustine, who found his way, but it never feels like a path that Petrarch can follow. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.


Petrarch’s Secret; or, the Soul’s Conflict with Passion by Francesco Petrarca

Augustine argues that mortality should be pretty much the entire focus of all his thoughts. Petrarch’s own words suggest he’s really not in a good place at this time: Augustine mortality — well, the mortal life — is of course almost just incidental: Petrarch’s sonnet form was prized by English poets as an alternative to English poet William Shakespeare’s sonnet form.

There’s a nice interplay not only with Petrarch’s own words and work, but also others, quoted and referred to. Medieval literature 14th-century books Petrarch. I’ve already been thinking of running away, but I’m not quite sure which way is best to go. Augustine sends some mixed messages: Less than a year after his return to Avignon inPetrarch fell in love with the woman he referred to as Laura in his most famous poetry. Account Options Sign in. I must say with all due respect that you have gone seriously astray by exhausting yourself in the effort to write books, particularly at your age.

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Petrarch clearly admires St. Mortality is the ‘predicament’ St. The Secret, Petrarch’s autobiographical treatise translated here from the Latin, represents a “humanist manifesto” central to understanding European culture during the The Secret, Petrarch’s autobiographical treatise translated here from the Latin, represents francseco “humanist manifesto” central to understanding European culture during the early modern period.

A nice observation of his, well into the third dialogue has him admit: True, one wishes Petrarch had more often complained: It’s an interesting exercise, a book apparently written only or at least mainly — one has to and certainly is also led to, by Petrarch’s own admissions imagine that he had an eye on posterity for the author — and a quite substantial aecretum at that.

Augustine of Petrarch’s own invention, exaggerated in his his ideological severity and, as such, a bit petrsrca a caricature, too — is rough on Petrarch: Son of an exiled Florentine clerk, Petrarch was born in Arezzo, Italy, but was raised at the court of the Pope in Avignon in southern France. De viris illustribus De remediis utriusque fortunae De vita solitaria De otio religiosorum Rerum memorandarum libri. In the first dialogue he really hammers home the death-obsession that he believes is key, but fortunately it’s not quite so bad over the remaining two — where he addresses Petrarch’s other faults.


Augustine — with Truth hovering by their sides, passing: Especially important are his rejection of love for temporal things not because it is a sin, but because it prevents him from knowing the eternal, a position that resembles classical philosophy far more than the contemporary Christian theology.

Classical writers are also regarded as sources of authority supporting Christianity, and Secretum quotes them more frequently than scripture.

Very rarely, and then so sluggishly that your thoughts do not penetrate to the depths of your predicament. I’m far from an ideal reader for this, baffled by Augustinian faith and any concepts of existence-after-death, but even Petrarch occasionally veers — intentionally or not — into comedy in sscretum exaggerations, his St. Clearly, Petrarch was in a mid-life sort of crisis — and interesting that he should reach for no less a figure than that of St.

He incorrectly assumed that he would be remembered for the Latin works, but it was his Italian lyric poetry that influenced both the content and form of all subsequent European poetry. This bilingual I Tatti Renaissance Library edition, with secrrtum original Latin facing the only occasionally too fresh English of Nicholas Mann’s translation, certainly presents the text — along with a helpful, succinct Introduction, and useful notes and bibliographic information — ideally.