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 (pē′zə, -zä)
A city of western Italy on the Arno River near the Tyrrhenian Sea. An important Etruscan town, it developed into a powerful maritime republic in the 9th to 11th centuries but was crushed by Genoa in 1284. Florence controlled the city after 1406. The campanile of its cathedral, built 1173-c. 1350, is the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Pi′san adj. & n.


(ˈpiːzə; Italian ˈpiːsa)
(Placename) a city in Tuscany, NW Italy, near the mouth of the River Arno: flourishing maritime republic (11th–12th centuries), contains a university (1343), a cathedral (1063), and the Leaning Tower (begun in 1174 and about 5 m (17 ft) from perpendicular); tourism. Pop: 89 694 (2001)


(ˈpi zə, -zɑ)

a city in NW Italy, on the Arno River: leaning tower. 103,527.
Pi′san, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pisa - a city in TuscanyPisa - a city in Tuscany; site of the famous Leaning Tower
Leaning Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa - a tall round marble campanile in Pisa that is not perpendicular; construction was begun in 1174
Toscana, Tuscany - a region in central Italy
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A Pisan antiquarian gave me an ancient tear-jug which he averred was full four thousand years old.
To be buried in such ground was regarded by the ancient Pisans as being more potent for salvation than many masses purchased of the church and the vowing of many candles to the Virgin.
We are familiar with the light metaphysics already glimpsed in The Pisan Cantos and Section: Rock-Drill de los Cantares, but at this late stage Pound is pushing the visionary dimension of the poem ever more deliberately toward "Thrones, and above them justice.
If in the Pisan Cantos (1948) Pound's elegy of Fascist Italy is uncontested and the controversial 1949 Bollinger Prize awarded to that book confirms the value of Pound's purest poetry, lamenting the barbarity of war, (3) in these Cantos 72-73, the fascist ideological element is extremely disturbing, and the use of Guido Cavalcanti's aristocratic figure for propaganda is quite uncanny.
Chapter 3 "Cain or Christ," focuses on Pisan exiles' responses to Catholicism and Catholic ritual, including Browning's evocation of "the visual and aural force of Catholic art, music, and .
After his arrest, he thoroughly expected (or mordantly projected an expectation of) his imminent execution for treason--he was apparently living on borrowed time when he wrote The Pisan Cantos (1948).
Besides this, Buti, himself a Pisan, relates that after eight days--i.
The whole point of awarding the prize to Pound, to his mind, was to honor the excellence of the Pisan Cantos despite the anti-Semitism and political treason of the poet himself.
through echoes of Frost, I have been one acquainted with the night, and motifs of Let us go, then, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table-, Let us go, over roads less traveled by in gardens of fantasy to Pound's prison still seeking, south of Lope de Vega and east of haiku, the Pisan Cantos, cryptography exorcising the West from its modernity
Rather clearer is "the kind of project" associated with those Schoina calls "the founding members of The Liberal, that is, Shelley, Byron, and Leigh Hunt, or, as Bladewood's journal labeled them, 'the Pisan triumvirate.
As early as 1838, Raimond Thomassy demonstrated in his Essai sur les ecrits politiques de Christine de Pisan that Christine de Pizan's writings had a political and not simply literary dimension.
For the premodern Pisan, on the other hand, the place of origin was all that mattered: Holy earth in the cemetery promised to facilitate access to heavenly Jerusalem.