Ronsard as translator: the Epigrams of Marullus


Ronsard translated a number of poems by Michael Tarchaniota Marullus, a favourite Neo-Latin poet of the late 15th century. Today, sadly, Marullus is nearly forgotten. If you are like me, when you see a footnote in an edition claiming that a poem is a translation of another one in another language, or an adaptation/response to one in the same language, you want more than the footnote – you want to see the original poem to appreciate the correspondences, the re-imaginings, the way in which the poet has adapted the original to make it a true poem in his own terms.

Apart from a few songs at the opening of Amours 2, the chansons in that book represent a ‘run’ of translations of Marullus dotted through the book. A set of links that show the Epigrammata of Marullus corresponding to Ronsard chansons – or the Ronsard chansons corresponding to the Marullus epigram – is here. In each case the Latin epigram & its translation appear with the entry for the corresponding chanson.


Edit:  the tables of correspondences between poems etc have now moved to a page you can access under the ‘What? Why?’ tab, or via the link above.



About fattoxxon

Who am I? Lover of all sorts of music - classical, medieval, world (anything from Africa), world-classical (Uzbek & Iraqi magam for instance), and virtually anything that won't be on the music charts... Lover of Ronsard's poetry (obviously) and of sonnets in general. Reader of English, French, Latin & other literature. And who is Fattoxxon? An allusion to an Uzbek singer - pronounce it Patahan, with a very plosive 'P' and a throaty 'h', as in 'khan')

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