I notice the increasing "modernism" or colloquialsim of
the language in these Sigismundo Cantos --
"darlint," "out of a job," "Urbino's gang," "bunkum,"
"little† runt," "s.o.b.," "pewk," "jailed a chap" etc
Ez want us to feel the Rennaisance as closer to us
than the earlier Canti.
And the poor devils dying of cold, outside Sorano,
Repeat from Canto IX. Ez glorifies Sigismundo
as builder of the Tempio but carefully does not prettify
the wars in which Sig. served.
And from the other side, from inside the chateau,
Orsini, Count Pitigliano, on the 17th of November:
"Siggy, darlint, wd. you not stop making war on
"insensible objects, such as trees and domestic vines, that have
"no means to hit back... but if you will hire yourself out to a
"commune (Siena) which you ought rather to rule than
††††††††††† which with Trachulo's damn'd epistle...
And what of it anyhow? a man with a ten acre lot,
Pitigliano... a lump of tufa,
††††††††††† And S. had got back their horses
And the poor devils dying of cold...
Still emphasizing the pathos or horror of war
(And there was another time, you know,
He signed on with the Fanesi,
††††††††††† and just couldn't be bothered...)
And there were three men on a one man job
††††††††††† And Careggi wanting the baron,
And not getting it just then in any case.
And he, Sigismundo, refused an invitation to lunch
††††††††††† In commemoration of Carmagnola
(vide Venice, between the two columns
††††††††††† where Carmagnola was executed.)
††††††††††† "anno messo a saccho el signor Sigismundo"
"and they got the better of the Lord Sigismundo"
As Filippo Strozzi wrote to Zan Lottieri, then in Naples,
††††††††††† "I think they'll let him through at Campiglia"
†††††††††††† Florence, archivio Storico, 4th Series t. iii, e
†††††††††††† "La guerra dei Senesi col conte di Pitigliano."
And he found Carlo Gonzaga sitting like a mud-frog
††††††††††† in Orbetello
And he said:
††††††††††† "Caro mio, I can not receive you
It really is not the moment."
And Broglio says he ought to have tipped Gorro Lolli.
But he got back home here somehow,
And Piccinino was out of a job,
And the old row with Naples continued.
And what he said was all right in Mantua;
And Borso had the pair of them up to Bel Fiore,
Borso d'Este, leading advocate of peace
in that war-torn century. He recurs in later
Cantos; a Pound surrogate sorta...
The pair of them, Sigismundo and Federico Urbino,
Feddy: Sigismundo's most relentless enemy.
Or perhaps in the palace, Ferrara, Sigismundo upstairs
And Urbino's gang in the basement,
And a regiment of guards in, to keep order,
††††††††††† For all the good that did:
"Te cavero la budella del corpo!"
El conte levatosi:
††††††††††† "Io te cavero la corata a te!"
"I'll tear your liver out!" "I'll cut your guts out!"
I think Ez wants us to see a certain continuity
with the feuds in the Mafia.....
And that day Cosimo smiled,
That is, the day they said:
††††††††††† "Drusiana is to marry Count Giacomo..."
(Piccinino) unsorriso malizioso.
Drusiana, another of Franco Sforza's;
It would at least keep the row out of Tuscany.
And he fell out of a window, Count Giacomo,
Three days after his death, that was years later in Naples,
For trusting Ferdinando of Naples,
And old Wattle could do nothing about it.
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INTEREA PRO GRADIBUS BASILICAE S. PIETRI EX ARIDA MATERIA
INGENS PYRA EXTRUITUR IN CUJUS SUMMITATE IMAGO SIGIS-
MUNDI COLLOCATUR HOMINIS LINEAMENTA, ET VESTIMENTI
MODUM ADEO PROPRIE REDDENS, UT VERA MAGIS PERSONA,
QUAM IMAGO VIDERATUR; NE QUEM TAMEN IMAGO FALLERET,
ET SCRIPTURA EX ORE PRODIIT, QUAE DICERET:
††††††††††† SIGISMUNDUS HIC EGO SUM
MALATESTA, FILIUS PANDULPHI, REX PRODITORUM,
DEO ATQUE HOMINIBUS INFESTUS, SACRI CENSURA SENATUS
MULTI LEGERUNT.† DEINDE ASTANTE POPULO, IGNE IMMISO,
ET PYRA SIMULACRUM REPENTE FLAGRAVIT.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Com Pio II, Liv. VII, p. 85.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yriarte, p. 288.
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The pope had Sigismundo burned in effigy
[because they cdnt catch† him and burn him personally];
the sign on the effigy called him
"King of traitors/enemy of God and Man" etc.
So that in the end that pot-scraping little runt Andreas
††††††††††† Benzi, da Siena
Got up to spout out the bunkum
that that monstrous swollen, swelling s. o. b.
POUNDíS UNLOVING DESCRIPTION OF POPE PIUS II
††††††††††† Papa Pio Secundo
††††††††††† AEneas Silvius Piccolomini
††††††††††† da Siena
Had told him to spout, in their best bear's-greased latinity;
Stupro, caede, adulter,
homocidia, parricidia ac periurus,
presbitericidia, audax, libidinosus,
wives, jew-girls, nuns, necrophiliast, fornicarium ac sicarium,
proditor, raptor, incestuosus, incendiarius, ac
"Rapist, butcher, adulterer, murderer, patricide, perjuror, priest-killer, reckless, sex-nut, necrophile, fornicator, traitor,
assassin, incestuous, arsonist, keeper of harems..."
Almost all historians regard this as er um
and that he rejected the whole symbol of the apostles,
and that he said the monks ought not to own property
and that he disbelieved in the temporal power,
neither christian, jew, gentile,
††††††††††† nor any sect pagan, nisi forsitan epicureae.
This part makes Sig. sound like an 18th Century Man of Reason
born three centuries too soon....
"nisi forsitan epicureae:" except perhaps the Epicureans.
Look it up, it didn't mean then what it means now,
and foreshadows the introduction of Kung fu Tze
in Canto 13.
[Epicurus also endorsed by Jefferson and
Adams, heroes of the middle Cantos]
And that he did among other things
Empty the fonts of chiexa of holy water
And fill up the same full with ink
That he might in God's dishonour
Stand before the doors of the said chiexa
Making mock of the inky faithful, they
Issuing thence by the doors in the pale light of the sunrise
Which might be considered youthful levity
††††††††††† but was really a profound indication;
Delicous anti-climax...from rape, murder and necrophilia
to boyish pranks! [Pound† follows the actual record
of Sig's excommunication.];
Also indicative of Sigismundo's hilaritas;
progression from "making mock" thru "inky faithful"
to "in the pale light of the sunrise" shows 3 kinds
of poetic effect in 2 lines.
"Whence that his, Sigismundo's, foetor filled the earth
And stank up through the air and stars to heaven
Where - save they were immune from sufferings† -
It had made the emparadised spirits pewk:
††††††††††† from their jeweled terrace.
EP's parody in English of the rotund Latin of
"Lussurioso incestuoso, perfide, sozzure ac crapulone,
assassino, ingordo, avaro, superbo, infidele
fattore di monete false, sodomitico, uxoricido"
"lustful in incest, liar, shitpot, glutton, assassin, greedy, grabbing, proud"--that was a sin then -- "unbeliever, counterfeiter, homosexual, wife-killer"
and the whole lump lot
given over to...
I mean after Pio had said, or at least Pio says that he
Said that this was elegant oratory "Orationem
Elegantissimam et ornatissimam
Audivimus venerabilis in Xti fratres ac dilectissimi
filii...(stone in his bladder
†††† †††††††testibus idoneis)
The lump lot given over
To that kid-slapping fanatic il cardinale di San pietro in Vincoli
††††††††††† To find him guilty, of the lump lot
As he duly did, calling rumour, and Messire Federico d'Urbino
And other equally unimpeachable witnesses.
i.e equivelant to convicting on the basis of hearsay
and the accused's worst enemy
So they burnt our brother in effigy
A rare magnificent effigy costing 8 florins 8 bol
(i.e. for the pair, as the first one wasn't a good enough likeness)
And Borso said the time was ill-suited
††††††††††† to tanta novita, such doings or innovations,
God's enemy and man's enemy, stuprum, raptum
††††††††††† I. N. R. I. Sigismund Imperator, Rex Proditorum.
Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudorem [Jesus of Nazareth,
King of the Jews], inscription on the cross/
a great cinematic cross-cut
And old Pills who tried to get him into a front rank action
In order to drive the rear guard at his buttocks,
Old Pills listed among the murdered, although he
Came out of jail living later.
Et les angloys ne povans desraciner... venim de hayne
Had got back Gisors from the Angevins,
Cross-cut to the burning of Joan of Arc
And the Angevins were gunning after Naples
And we dragged in the Angevins,
And we dragged in Louis Eleventh,
And the tiers Calixte was dead, and Alfonso;
And against us we had "this AEneas" and young Ferdinando
That we had smashed at Piombino and driven out of the
Terrene of the Florentines;
And Piccinino, out of a job;
And he, Sidg, had had three chances of
Making it up with Alfonso, and an offer of
And what he said was all right there in Mantua;
But Pio sometime or other, Pio lost his pustulous temper.
And they struck alum at Tolfa, in the pope's land,
††††††††††† To pay for their devilment.
And Francesco said:
††††††††††† I also have suffered.
When you take it, give me a slice.
††††††††††† And they nearly jailed a chap for saying
The job was mal hecho; and they caught poor old Pasti
In Venice, and were like to pull all his teeth out;
And they had a bow-shot at Borso
As he was going down the Grand Canal in his gondola
††††††††††† (the nice kind with 26 barbs on it)
And they said: Novvy'll sell any man
††††††††††† for the sake of Count Giacomo.
(Piccino, the one that fell out of the window).
And they came at us with their ecclesiastical legates
Until the eagle lit on his tent pole.
And he said: The Romans would have called that an augury
E gradment li antichi cacaler romanj
††††††††††† davano fed a quisti annutii,
All I want you to do is to follow the orders,
They've got a bigger army,
††††††††††† but there are more men in this camp.
The Latin just repeats the English...
Sigismundo makes a nasty joke about the number
of pederasts in the Pope's army.
Funny coincidence dept: not only did the Cantos
end up, like Sigismundo's temple, unfinished,
but Sig and Ez both got condemned by the most
powerful force in the Occident at thier time --
Sig by the Vatican, Ez by the US govt........