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Varied and imaginative in their use of poetic forms, the 366 love poems that make up Petrarchs "Canzoniere" are simple in their aim: to glorify the poets muse, Laura. But more than an expression of devotion, they planted the seeds of the Renaissance and influenced all lyric poetry that followed, including the work of Chaucer, Spenser, and Shakespeare. Meditating on his bel ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Penguin Books
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I read selections of Petrarch as part of my freshman survey of western literature. I really slogged through all the religious-themed texts.
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Francesco Petrarca known in English as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar, poet, and one of the earliest Renaissance humanists. Petrarch is often popularly called the "father of humanism". Based on Petrarch's works, and to a lesser extent those of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Pietro Bembo in the 16th century created the model for the modern Italian language, later endorsed by the Accademi ...more
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