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Amico Di Dante

Amico Di Dante  

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The author of five canzoni and sixty-one sonnets which appear at the end of the main Vatican manuscript collection of 13th-c. lyrics (Vat. Lat. 3793). The name was coined because ...
anthology

anthology  

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A published collection of poems or other pieces of writing; a similar collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album. The word comes, in the mid 17th century, via French or medieval ...
Antonio da Ferrara

Antonio da Ferrara  

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(1315–before 1374).Ferrarese poet, whose father was probably a butcher (beccaio). He moved between various Northern Italian courts, having a somewhat ambiguous status between courtier and giullare. ...
Beatrice

Beatrice  

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1 see Dante;2 heroine of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing.
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 ...
Bonagiunta da Lucca

Bonagiunta da Lucca  

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(Bonagiunta Orbicciani) (d. before 1300).Lyric poet best known for Dante's representation of him (Purg. 24.19–63). Little is known of his life other than that he was a notary. He ...
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 ...
Cino da Pistoia

Cino da Pistoia  

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(c. 1270–1336/7)Lyric poet usually associated with the dolce stil novo, and illustrious canon lawyer. Exiled from Pistoia in 1302, he was able (unlike Dante) to return to his native ...
courtly love

courtly love  

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A highly conventionalized medieval tradition of love between a knight and a married noblewoman, first developed by the troubadours of Southern France and extensively employed in European literature ...
Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri  

(1265–1321),Italian poet, whose reputation rests chiefly on The Divine Comedy (c. 1309–20), an epic poem describing his spiritual journey through Hell and Purgatory and finally to Paradise. His love ...
Davanzati Chiaro

Davanzati Chiaro  

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(13th c.).One of the most important Siculo-Tuscan poets, about whose life we know nothing other than that he was Florentine. He took part in tenzoni with Monte Andrea, Pallamidesse ...
Dino Frescobaldi

Dino Frescobaldi  

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(c. 1271–c. 1316).Florentine banker and poet, from one of the most important families in the city. He was active in Black Guelf politics, and was a wholehearted supporter of ...
Fazio Degli Uberti

Fazio Degli Uberti  

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(?1302–?1367).Lyric and didactic poet. The Uberti had been a famous and powerful Florentine family in the 13th c. [see Farinata], but Fazio was born in exile (probably in Pisa) ...
Filostrato

Filostrato  

A poem in ottava rima on the story of Troilus and Cressida, by Boccaccio (1335), of special interest as the source of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.
Gianni Degli Alfani

Gianni Degli Alfani  

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Florentine poet of the late 13th c. Biographical details are uncertain, though he seems to have been exiled shortly before his friend Guido Cavalcanti in 1300. His six ballate and ...
Guido Cavalcanti

Guido Cavalcanti  

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(1260?–1300)Poet, a significant influence on the development of the dolce stil nuovo and the early poetry of Dante, who describes him in the dedication of the Vita nuova as ...
Guido Guinizelli

Guido Guinizelli  

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(13th century) Bolognese poet.His identity is not certain, possibly the Ghibelline Guido di Guinizello di Magnano (d. 1276). Five canzoni and fifteen sonnets survive complete. Some lyrics address ...
Guido Orlandi

Guido Orlandi  

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(late 13th c.–early 14th c.).Florentine poet writing in the Siculo-Tuscan manner, whose style shows nevertheless some influence of the dolce stil novo. He took part in poetic exchanges with Guido ...
Guittone d’Arezzo

Guittone d’Arezzo  

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(c.1235–c.94) Tuscan poet.After abandoning political life and choosing voluntary exile c.1260, he joined the Franciscan order. His epistles in the vernacular display high mastery of ars dictandi, ...
Iacopone da Todi

Iacopone da Todi  

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(1236–1306).Umbrian poet and mystic. Destined for the law, he is said to have undergone a conversion in 1268 when his wife died and was found to be wearing a ...

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