The complete works of Francois Villon ; trans., with a biography and notes

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Francois Villon has a blunt & download; sarcastic style. The complete works of Francois Villon ; trans., with a biography and notes PDF EBook His verse about his contemporaries is often brutal, & he makes mocking jokes about most of them— especially the rich & powerful. This did not trouble me—if the rich & powerful can't take some abuse, maybe they ought to give it all away & live like the rest of us—but the fact his subject matter is so topical did. I found myself turning to the end notes after reading almost every stanza for help with understanding what the point of that section was.

Then there is the question why he chose the personages to pillory in his poems that he did. Were they individuals who knew him, face- PDFto-face, or were they little more than names? After reading this translation & the editorial apparatus, I never had a firm sense of this—although maybe this is an insolvable problem with his writings.

Still, reading Villon's poetry is a journey to that side of history that doesn't make it into the better books, & worth taking. Like this book? Read online this: The Subject Is Reading, Complete Works.

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