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Boccaccio

Boccaccio  

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(1313–75),Italian writer, poet, and humanist. He is most famous for the Decameron (1348–58), a collection of a hundred tales told by ten young people who have moved to the country to escape the Black ...
cantari

cantari  

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The generic name given to a range of narrative verse texts from the 14th and 15th c., originally composed, as the name implies, for recitation to music; however, no musical ...
Filostrato

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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an early poem of Boccaccio's, written in the late 1330s in ottava rima, is the main source of Troilus

Filostrato

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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(c.1335). Verse romance in nine parts in ottava rima by Boccaccio, who intended the Greek name

Pandarus

Pandarus  

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A Lycian fighting on the side of the Trojans, described in the Iliad as breaking the truce with the Greeks by wounding Menelaus with an arrow. The role as the lovers' go-between that he plays in ...
Reception of Italian Literature in Britain

Reception of Italian Literature in Britain  

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Before the arrival of the printed book, in the second half of the 15th c., access to Italian writers was difficult for English readers, and interest in Italian literature slight. ...
romance

romance  

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Derived from the Medieval Latin word romanice, ‘in the Roman language’. The word roman in Old French was applied to the popular courtly stories in verse which dealt with three traditional subjects: ...
Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde  

Chaucer's longest complete poem, in 8,239 lines of rhyme‐royal probably written in the second half of the 1380s. Chaucer takes his story from Boccaccio's Il Filostrato, adapting its eight books to ...

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