Tagged: Petrarch

Petrarch’s unkindness toward teachers

As spotted at Futility Closet, a letter from Petrarch to Zanobi da Strada, April 1, 1352: Let them teach who can do nothing better, whose qualities are laborious application, sluggishness of mind, muddiness of intellect, prosiness of imagination, chill of the blood, patience to bear the body’s labors, contempt of glory, avidity for petty gains, […]

Analects of the Core: Petrarch on sailing with a foe at the helm

Today’s Analect is drawn from Petrarch’s Canzoniere (#189) translated by Mark Musa: My ship full of forgetful cargo sails through rough seas at the midnight of a winter between Charybdis and the Scylla reef, my master, no, my foe, is at the helm… Passa la nave mia colma d’oblio per aspro mare, a mezza notte […]