The Apparatus menu allows user to consult the different assets of the site, from pedagogical apparatuses such as paraphrases and summaries of individual poems to specific archives (audio-visual), from contemporary rewritings and tweets to commentaries to individual poems. Our site does not include at the moment a biographical and historical introduction to Petrarch and to the Rvf.
For a complete list of the translations available see the appropriate link. The link Paraphrases includes the Italian paraphrases of the 366 poems of the Canzoniere prepared by Prf. Cinzia Capon. The links Summaries and Tweets include the Italian Summaries and Tweets of all the poems of the Canzoniere. These components of the Apparatus were created over the years by Massimo Lollini and students from his seminars on Petrarch (a complete list is available in the Credits included in the link The Project). The link Commentaries includes at the moment only the Vellutello's (Le volgari opere del Petrarcha con l'esposizione di Alessandro Vellutello, 1525); the link Rewritings includes at the moment only one example from contemporary Italian writer Gianni Celati (Lunario del Paradiso, 1978), prepared by Prof. Peter Kuon and references to poems by Matteo Maria Boiardo, Luis de Góngora and Francisco de Quevedo. The are no Annotations available in the OPOB at this time. The link Archives provides a complete list of the visual and audio content available.
The user may consult the individual asset separately by clicking on the links on the left side of the screen or may choose a number of assets to combine through the link Compare poems and assets on the right side of the screen. The OPOB encourages an active reading by allowing different platforms of critical attention.
By clicking on the link "Compare poems and assets" in the upper right of the Apparatus page, the user may accomplish the following tasks and access the Help menu:
• Compare multiple versions of the original text in Italian: the Modigliani Diplomatic Edition, Contini Edition and the recent critical edition prepared by Giuseppe Savoca: Savoca, Giuseppe. Ed. Francesco Petrarca, Rerum vulgarium fragmenta. Firenze: L.S. Olschki, 2008. Print. This text is copyrighted and can be used only for research and consultation purposes; it cannot be copied or reproduced.
• Compare different translations. This feature is particularly useful for students and scholars of Romance Languages, Comparative Literature and general audience as well.
• Ability to add selected elements of the apparatus to the base text designed to the basic comprehension of the text: Paraphrases, summaries, tweets, commentaries. This feature is particularly useful to students and general audience as well.
• Ability to add selected elements of the apparatus to add to the base text, designed to enrich the comprehension of the text: archives (visual, music and essays).