Orlando Furioso

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The Italian epic poem by Ludovico Ariosto (1474–1533) published in serialised form.
Created 04 May 2021
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  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    02 Dec 2021 • 25 min read
    Canto XLIV: 1-8: Ariosto on Friendship Hearts often join in friendship more fully Beneath the humble roof of some poor dwelling, Or in times of grief, or calamity, Than midst the trappings of wealthy ...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    30 Nov 2021 • 51 min read
    Canto XLIII: 1-5: Ariosto on Avarice O execrable Avarice, O greed For possession! To me, tis no wonder, That you seek to control each word and deed Of base souls, degraded by their plunder. And yet, w...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    21 Nov 2021 • 26 min read
    Canto XLII: 1-6: Ariosto on Vengeance What harsh bit, what iron curb, could be found, Or, if such existed, adamantine chain, That might keep human wrath tightly bound, And ire within lawful limits, th...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    14 Nov 2021 • 25 min read
    Canto XLI: 1-3: Ariosto’s tribute to the founder of the House of Este That odour sweetly scattered in the air From the hair, or beard, or dainty dress Of some graceful youth, or damsel fair, That Love...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    09 Nov 2021 • 20 min read
    Canto XL: 1-5: Ariosto again recalls the Battle of Polesella Long would it take indeed, were I to tell The many events of that fierce sea-fight, Ercole’s great son; and I might as well, Bear, as they ...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    09 Nov 2021 • 21 min read
    Canto XXXIX: 1-7: Melissa deceives King Agramante More bitter, harsher, stronger, than any Was the sadness that afflicted Ruggiero, Troubling the mind, more so than the body; Facing death from one or ...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    04 Nov 2021 • 22 min read
    Canto XXXVIII: 1-7: Ariosto regarding honour Courteous ladies, who kind audience Lend to my verse (I see it in your gaze) That Ruggiero’s taken himself hence, So suddenly, from one he loves always, Di...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    31 Oct 2021 • 30 min read
    Canto XXXVII: 1-8: Ariosto in praise of women’s talents If, in order they might other gifts acquire, (For Nature grants nothing without study) Courageous women, night and day, aspire To win, through g...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    26 Oct 2021 • 21 min read
    Canto XXXVI: 1-4: Ariosto on Courtesy Tis fitting that a noble heart should be, Courteous, it could not be otherwise, For by habit, as by nature, surely, It acquires what it nevermore denies. Tis fitt...
  • Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
    24 Oct 2021 • 20 min read
    Canto XXXV: 1-2: Ariosto to his lady Who’ll ascend the heavens for me, my lady, And return my lost sense and wits to me, Which, since the sharp arrow flew so swiftly From your eyes to my heart, ebb en...
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