Out of print for almost thirty years, Paul Blackburn's translations of thirty troubador poets is one of the most important texts devoted to this period of literature. This reissue will be welcomed by scholars and students of medieval poetry and casual poetry lovers.
Paul Blackburn (1926-1971) was a lyric poet and one of America's foremost translators of troubadour verse. A contributing editor and distributor of the Black Mountain Review, he published thirteen poetry collections. The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he taught at the New School and the State University of New York at Cortland. George Economou has published Geoffrey Chaucer (1975) and two other books on medieval literature. He is also a poet and translator.
"Shortly after Proensa was first published by Robert Creeley in Mallorca in 1953, Paul Blackburn wrote his own best definition of these songs: 'To give / and man enough to receive, LOVE, / when he finds it offered. / To take the sun and the goods of earth, while it lasts.' Over sixty years later his voicings of the troubadours still ring fresh--leaping with joy, sorrowing with duende." --Richard Sieburth
"Blackburn's forgotten translation of Troubadour poets,
Proensa, is a testament to translation as a test of
truth...never did strings plucked at such a distance reverberate so
closely."--Paul Pines, Big Bridge "Blackburn has skillfully
incorporated musical elements and also 'high' diction and
syntax...a great translation."--Stephen Fredman, Chicago
Review "Spare, modern, and abstract without violating the
artistic intricacy of the original...Proensa is a boon to
those who will never experience the pleasure of studying the
troubadours in their original accents but who now can appreciate
their complex beauty in Paul Blackburn's dense dynamic
re-creations."--Patricia Harris, Romance Philology