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The white doe
Transcript of The white doe
The White doe
Laura de noves
by : FRANCESCO PETRARCH
The White doe
Petrarch was born Francesco Petrarca on July 20, 1304, in Arezzo, Tuscany. He was a devoted classical scholar who is considered the "Father of Humanism," a philosophy that helped spark the Renaissance. Petrarch's writing includes well-known odes to Laura, his idealized love. His writing was also used to shape the modern Italian language. He died at age 69 on July 18 or 19, 1374, in Arquà, Carrara.
Laura de Noves (1310–1348) was the wife of Count Hugues de Sade (ancestor of Marquis de Sade). She could be the Laura that the Humanist poet Francesco Petrarch wrote about extensively; however, she has never been positively identified as such. Laura had a great influence on Petrarch's life and lyrics. The historical information on Laura is meager at best.
By: Francesco Petrarch
translated by: Anna Maria Armi
A pure-white doe in an emerald glade
Appeared to me, with two antlers of gold,
Between two streams, under a laurel's shade,
At sunrise, in the season's bitter cold.
Her sight was so suavely merciless
That I left work to follow her at leisure,
Like the miser who looking for his treasure
Sweetens with that delight his bitterness.
Around her lovely neck "Do not touch me"
Was written with topaz and diamond stone,
"My caesar's will has been to make me free."
Already toward noon had climbed the sun,
My weary eyes were not sated to see,
When I fell in the stream and she was gone.
What details in The White Doe
tell about time and season?
The details in The White Doe that tells about time and season:
In 4th line – “at sunrise”
In 12th line – “already toward noon had climbed the sun”
What is a doe?
A doe is a female animal such as deer, rabbit, or kangaroo.
To whom is The White Doe compared in the poem?
The white doe in the poem is compared to Laura, the love interest of Petrarch.
What emotion does the last stanza evoke in you?
Regret is the emotion evoked in us by the last stanza.
What is the meaning and effect of “suavely merciless” in the poem? How does its meaning connect with the lines 7-8 of the poem?
“Suavely merciless” is an oxymoron that means confident and elegant yet at the same time unforgiving and cruel.
The white doe or perhaps Laura is described as cruel because the author who is captivated by its beauty followed it/her throughout the morning like a greedy person searches for treasure.
What kind of language is used by poets and writers in describing persons or their feelings dramatically?
The author used figurative and poetic language in describing persons or their feelings dramatically.
What kind of language is used by poets and writers in forming contradiction that often expresses conflicting feelings?
Figures of speech (i.e oxymorons, etc.) is the language used by the poets and authors in forming contradiction often expresses conflicting feelings.
What kind of poem are the three Petrarchan poems?
The 3 Petrarchan poems are sonnets which are lyrical poems and have 14 lines. It is often influenced by thoughts of courtly love.