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Emblems of Desire Maurie Sceve
Edited and translated by the French by Richard Sieburth
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Emblems of Desire

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Maurie Sceve Edited and translated by the French by Richard Sieburth

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A forgotten masterpiece of French poetry, Emblems of Desire is a selection of 449 love poems first published in Lyons in 1544. Full of passionate ironies and charged obscurity, Scève is considered a sixteenth-century Mallarmé. His oblique self-portraiture laid the groundwork for many contemporary poets. This edition is accompanied by fifty emblems created by the author. The illustrations and Latin mottoes contained within each emblem offer poignant, and often witty, responses to his poems.
“Richard Sieburth has performed a magnificent service by translating a large selection of the book-length love poem ‘Délie’ by Maurice Scève, one of the greatest French Renaissance poets, whose work is hardly known in English. He has found a contemporary equivalent for Scève’s extremely compact music and enabled it to breathe in English, while still retaining the tension of the original.”

— John Ashbery

 Richard Sieburth has performed a miracle of literary invention. He has made these poems sing.”
— Paul Auster