At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Francesco Petrarch, July 20

 July 20, 2014 

Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) 

Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this medieval poet and eternal lover of his muse "Laura". The selected passages will then be read to them.

Petrarch's name has been attached to the "Petrachian Sonnet" form which works very well in Italian, but most sonnets in Engish are written in the Shakepspearean iambic pentameter form.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


More information about Francesco Petrarch can be found at these links from Wikipedia and this website devoted to him and his works.

For more information about Laura de Nevos and whether Petrarch's "Laura" existed or not, click here.

If you would like to try your hand at writing a Petrarchian sonnet, either an octave or a sestet, go here for the stucture!



“. . . The senses reign, and reason now is dead;
from one pleasing desire comes another.
Virtue, honor, beauty, gracious bearing,
sweet words have caught me in her lovely branches
in which my heart is tenderly entangled.
In thirteen twenty-seven, and precisely
at the first hour of the sixth of April
I entered the labyrinth, and I see no way out.”

-  lines upon first seeing "Laura", his muse


"Laura, illustrated by her virtues and well-celebrated in my verse, appeared to me for the first time during my youth in 1327, on April 6, in the Church of Saint Claire in Avignon, in the first hour of the day; and in the same city, in the same month, on the same sixth day at the same first hour in the year of 1348, withdrew from life, while I was at Verona, unconscious of my loss.... Her chaste and lovely body was interred on the evening of the same day in the church of the Minorites: her soul, as I believe, returned to heaven, whence it came."


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