iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening Apple Books.If Apple Books doesn't open, click the Books app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download

A Year of Mourning

Poems 271-322 of Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.

Description

Lee Harlin Bahan delves into the crowded field of Petrarch translations and delivers a classical offering with a postmodern-cool facelift. A Year of Mourning is daring, quirky, and playful, but with traditional trimmings. The expected classical and Biblical references abound, but also vivid allusions to pop culture and the contemporary social scene, including Madonna, Robert Frost, rock ‘n’ roll, even the Walnettos caramel-walnut candy. This is the Petrarch you know alongside the Petrarch you’ve never experienced before. This is a Petrarch translation not to be missed.

PRAISE FOR A YEAR OF MOURNING:

Lee Bahan has undertaken a seemingly Herculean task, to translate a group of Petrarch’s sonnets while eliminating almost everything we associate with the word “Petrarchan”; it’s as if her template is a cross between Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” sonnet, and the lyrics of a particularly annoyed and upset country singer. This is emphatically not our grandmother’s Petrarch, but it is by turns startling, engaging, surprising, beguiling and occasionally annoying . . . paradoxically enough, not unlike the originals. If this is old wine, it’s being served from a winningly flamboyant new bottle.
  - Dick Davis, author of At Home, and Far from Home

What if that lovelorn Italian sonneteer Francesco Petrarca was a wisecracking guy named Frank Petrarch from Indiana who fell in love with his neighbor’s wife, Laura, and then turned to poetry in sorrow when she died young of an infectious disease? The result might be something like Lee Harlin Bahan’s translations and transformations in this sonnet sequence. Here, the corset tightened until the bones crack has been loosened to allow for a natural diction, syntax, and idiom that allows that old ghost, Petrarch, to speak to us as if he were alive today. The result is readable, rewarding, and exciting. This is one that belongs on your nightstand.
  - Tony Barnstone, author of Pulp Sonnets

Lee Harlin Bahan’s A Year of Mourning is a tour de force, translating Petrarch into an idiom and poetics right at home in the twenty-first century. “Translate” is not quite the right word as Bahan updates and postmodernizes Petrarch in fascinating and entertaining fashion, while remaining on solid scholarly ground. References to Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, and The Temptations, among others, spark the fancy, while allusions to the Bible, Chrétien de Troyes, and classic Greek mythology soothe the academic mind. A Year of Mourning is both a satisfying read and a monumental achievement.
  - Vince Gotera, editor of North American Review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lee Harlin Bahan earned her MFA at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her thesis, Migration Solo, won the first Indiana Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her second chapbook is Notes to Sing. Bahan’s own poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and The North American Review, and her translations have appeared in Natural Bridge, Southern Humanities Review, and Flying Island. After receiving a local grant to study Italian, Lee enjoyed a month-long residency at Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis, IN, pursuing her goal of translating Petrarch’s sonnets. Bahan lives with her husband Pat in a hundred-year-old farmhouse outside Medora, IN.
  A Year of Mourning was a special honoree for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award.

Screenshots

screenshot 1
A Year of Mourning
View in iTunes
  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Oct 09, 2017
  • Publisher: Able Muse Press
  • Seller: ALEX PEPPLE
  • Print Length: 82 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this book.