Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Some notes on Chateaubriand's work "Mémoires d'outre-tombe."
Volume I
It was interesting to read in page 424 where he says that the famous lines from Gray's Elegy are taken from Dante:
"The curfew tolls the knell of parting day."
And in Dante:
"Squilla di lontano
Che paja'l giorno pianger che si muore."
He translates both into French as:
Le vers de Gray:
<< La cloche du couvre-feu tinte le glas du jour qui nous quitte >>
imite Dante :
<< La cloche qui dans le lointain semble pleurer le jour qui se meurt. >>
Divine Comédie, Purgatoire, VIII, 1-6.
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