GEM: Poésie pure

Canzone, io credo che saranno radi
color che tua ragion intendan bene,
tanto la parli faticosa e forte.
Onde, se per ventura elli addivene
che tu dinanzi da persone vadi
che non ti paian d’essa ben accorte,
allor ti priego che ti riconforte,
dicendo lor, diletta mia novella;
‘Ponete mente almen com’io son bella!’

Canzone, I think there will be few
who wholly understand your thought,
so strong and arduous is your utterance of it.
Therefore if by chance it happen
that you should meet with persons
who seem not to have seized it fully,
I pray you to take comfort,
my cherished poem, and to say:
‘Consider at least how beautiful I am!’

Dante, Convivio, 1, taken from Erich Auerbach, Dante, Poet of the Secular World, New York: New York Review Books, 2007, p. 72.

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