ITA 302

Topics in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture: Petrarch’s Lyric Poetry

Simone Marchesi

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Considered by many the greatest scholar of his age, a successful rival to Dante, the revered teacher of Boccaccio, Petrarch bequeathed to posterity the most beautiful sonnets ever written in the Florentine vernacular. In the course, we will study the “Canzoniere”, his collection of lyric poetry, a book which shaped the language of love in the European Renaissance, and a sample from his “Trionfi”. The texts will be analyzed in relation to their historical and cultural context and for the impact they will have on modern European Literature.

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