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Published: 24 June 2009

480 Pages

ISBN: 9780199535354

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The Liberation of Jerusalem

Torquato Tasso
Translated by Max Wickert and Notes and Introduction by Mark Davie

Oxford World's Classics

  • The first translation since the 17th century which faithfully reflects the verse form of Tasso's Renaissance epic.
  • The Liberation of Jerusalem (Gerusalemme liberata) is an epic poem concerning the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099, combining war and military action with a love theme between Christian and pagan, in which the magic devices of romance play their part.
  • Hugely influential, the poem has been a source of inspiration to poets from Spenser and Milton to Goethe and Byron, composers from Monteverdi and Vivaldi to Handel, Haydn, Rossini, and Dvorak, and painters from Tintoretto to Delacroix.
  • Mark Davie's introduction sets Tasso's work in the context of the conflicting pressures on the poet in the troubled world of counter-Reformation Italy, its narrative framework and historical accuracy, its reception and influence.
  • Includes a Glossary of Proper Names and an Appendix on Tasso's Liberation of Jerusalem in Literature, Art, and Music.