Marco Sonzogni "et la cetera mia rivolta in pianto" A reading of Petrarch’s sonnet 202 and a moving mistranslation
The Lecture, entitled «et la cetera mia rivolta in pianto» A reading of Petrarch’s sonnet 202 and a moving mistranslation by professor Marco Sonzogni will be held on 18th November at 12:00 and will be incorporated in the MA Course History and Reception of Literature in the Romance Languages held by Marietta Chikhladze, Assistant Professor at Ilia State University.
"et la cetera mia rivolta in pianto" A reading of Petrarch’s sonnet 202 and a moving mistranslation.
In this lecture I will close-read one of the sonnets Petrarch penned after the death (in morte) of his beloved Laura and compare it with an early twentieth-century prose-translation in English where a mistranslation makes the text even more moving. I will then reflect on grief and grieving as central to the birth and development of poetry, and especially Italian poetry, and question how adequate language as we have come to understand it, is actually adequate to express all that makes us human. Finally, I will read a couple of my own poems as examples of Petrarch’s powerful presence.
Marco Sonzogni OMRI is a widely published and award-winning scholar, literary translator, poet, and editor. A committed cultural activist, he teaches translation and intercultural communication at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
Time: 18 November, 12:00