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A verse play (Schauspiel) by J. W. Goethe, first published in vol. 6 of Goethes Schriften, 1790. Goethe first worked at the play in 1780 and 1781, at which time ...

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ) Italian poet and prose writer . He was a member of the Court at Ferrara from 1565 . His masterpiece, Jerusalem Delivered ( 1575 ), an epic on the First Crusade, became a model for later...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Torquato ( 1544–1595 ) Italian poet Rinaldo ( 1562 ) Poetry Aminta ( 1573 ) Drama Gerusalemme Liberata [Eng. translation as Godfrey of Bulloigne; or, The Recoverie of Jerusalem , 1600 ] ( 1580 ) Poetry King Torrismond [ Il Re Torrismondo ] ( 1586 ) Drama...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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... A. Solerti , Vita di Torquato Tasso (3 vols., Turin, 1895); E. Donadoni , Torquato Tasso: Saggio critico (2 vols., Florence, 1920); A. Banfi and others, Torquato Tasso: Comitato per le celebrazioni di Torquato Tasso Ferrara 1954 (Milan, 1957); L. Caretti , Ariosto e Tasso (Turin, 1961; 2nd edn. [1967]), 47–121; rev. repr. [1970], 55–149 and 165–82; C. P. Brand , Torquato Tasso: A Study of the Poet and his Contribution to English Literature (Cambridge, 1965). C. Previtera , La poesia e l'arte di Torquato Tasso (Messina and Milan,...

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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... Tasso , a verse play (Schauspiel) by J. W. Goethe , first published in vol. 6 of Goethes Schriften , 1790 . Goethe first worked at the play in 1780 and 1781 , at which time the first and part of the second act were written. This version is lost. The work in its present form was composed between February 1788 and the summer of 1790 . The source was a biography of the poet Tasso by Giovanni Batista Manso ( Vita di Torquato Tasso , 1621 ), which at a later stage was supplemented by a biography by Pierantonio Serassi published in 1785 . The...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ) Italian poet and playwright. He was from early life in constant terror of persecution and adverse criticism, and his conduct at Ferrara was such as to make it necessary for the duke, Alphonso II of Este, to lock him up as mad from 1579 to 1586 . The legend of his passion for Leonora d'Este, the duke's discovery of it, and his consequent imprisonment was for long widely believed; John Milton refers to it (in a Latin poem), Lord Byron 's The Lament of Tasso is based on it, and Goethe 's play Torquato Tasso ( 1790 ) supports...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...to it (in a Latin poem), Lord Byron 's The Lament of Tasso is based on it, and Goethe 's play Torquato Tasso ( 1790 ) supports it, as does Donizetti 's opera ( 1833 ) of the same title. Tasso was released on condition that he would leave Ferrara, and he spent the rest of his life wandering from court to court, unhappy, poverty‐stricken, and paranoid, though widely admired. He died in Rome. His chief works were Rinaldo , a romance epic ( 1562 ); a pastoral play, Aminta ( 1573 ; English translation 1591 ), which had a great success; Jerusalem...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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..., Torquato The celebrated Italian poet ( 1544–95 ), author of rinaldo ( 1562 ) and jerusalem delivered ( 1575 ). He became the idol of the brilliant court of Ferrara, but his exhausting literary labours and the excitement and stresses of court life caused mental breakdown, and he spent most of the rest of his life in confinement, exile and poverty. His Jerusalem Delivered was pirated in 1580 , and he received no payment for his masterpiece. He died as a pensioner of Pope Clement VIII . Lord Byron ’s poem The Lament of Tasso ( 1817 ) tells of the...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ), Italian poet . He entered the service of Card. Luigi d‘Este in 1565 , but he was able to devote much of his time to his great epic, Gerusalemme liberata , a poem on the first Crusade , completed in 1574 . He later suffered from religious scruples and persecution mania; he died shortly before receiving the crown of the Poet Laureate intended for him by Clement VIII...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ), Italian poet, dramatist, and literary theorist, born in Sorrento and educated at a Jesuit school in Naples. In 1554 he joined his father Bernardo Tasso in Rome, and subsequently moved with him to Pesaro ( 1556 ), Venice ( 1559 ), and Padua ( 1560 ), where he studied at the university. In 1562 , aged 18, he published his romance epic Rinaldo . Three years later he entered the service of Cardinal Luigi d'Este , whom he was to accompany to France (where he met Ronsard ) in 1570 . From 1565 to 1586 Tasso was associated with the...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ), Italian poet and playwright, whose L'Aminta ( 1573 ) was the first true pastoral and the pattern for many that followed in Italy and France. It was also the source of Berowne's speech in Love's Labour's Lost , Act IV, Scene iii: ‘From women's eyes this doctrine I derive.’ This tale of rustic life—rustic in an artificial sense, since it deals with the loves of idealized shepherds and shepherdesses—was first translated into English in 1591 as Phillis and Amyntas , and in the following century at least four separate...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ) Italian poet and dramatist . Born in Sorrento, he found his most continuous patronage from the Este dukes of Ferrara, in whose court he composed his major epic poem Gerusalemme liberata . It was here also that (it is believed) the *Gelosi company performed in 1573 Tasso's five-act *pastoral drama Aminta , which was read and translated all over Europe for many generations. The plot is simple: will the nymph Silvia surrender herself to the love of the shepherd Aminta, before he commits suicide out of desperation? In the end...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Torquato ( 1544–95 ) Italian poet and dramatist. Born in Sorrento, he found his most continuous patronage from the Este dukes of Ferrara, in whose court he composed his major epic poem Gerusalemme liberata . It was here also that (it is believed) the professional Gelosi company performed in 1573 Tasso's five- act pastoral drama Aminta , which was read and translated all over Europe for many generations afterwards. The plot is simple: suspense about whether the nymph Silvia will surrender herself to the love of the shepherd Aminta, before he...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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...A profusion of Christian epics followed in Tasso's wake: Ronsard's Franciade , Lope de Vega's Jerusalén conquistada , and Milton's Paradise Lost among them. Indeed, Tasso's reputation has withstood the vagaries of critical fortune better than Ariosto's Furioso , appealing to classicists and Romantics alike, and stands as high today as ever. [ Peter Brand ] Poesie , ed. F. Flora (1952); Prose , ed. E. Mazzali (1959). See C. P. Brand , Torquato Tasso (1965); L. Caretti , Ariosto e Tasso (1967); A. Fichter , Poets Historical: Dynastic...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Torquato Torquato Tasso 1544 – 95 Italian poet and writer Brama assai, poco spera, e nulla chiede. Much wished, hoped little, and demanded nought. Jerusalem Delivered (1580) bk. 2, stanza 16; see Elgar Much wished , hoped little Much wished, hoped little demanded ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Torquato Torquato Tasso 1544 – 95 Italian poet and writer Brama assai, poco spera, e nulla chiede. Much wished, hoped little, and demanded nought. Jerusalem Delivered (1580) bk. 2, stanza 16; see elgar Much wished , hoped little Much wished, hoped little demanded ...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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Torquato Tasso

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A verse play (Schauspiel) by J. W. Goethe, first published in vol. 6 of Goethes Schriften, 1790. Goethe first worked at the play in 1780 and 1781, at which time ...
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(1544–95),son of Bernardo Tasso (author of an epic on Amadis of Gaul), spent many years at the court of Ferrara. He was from early life in constant terror of persecution and adverse criticism, and ...
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...and other sorts of paratext. In the 1580s it was temporarily eclipsed by the Gerusalemme Liberata , initially entitled Il Goffredo , which contained a poetical, allegorical account of the First Crusade that profoundly influenced other European writers. Its author, Torquato Tasso, can claim to be the first genuine pan-Italian writer, since in childhood he travelled widely and thus avoided growing up speaking a local dialect. All these writers, who grappled with the task of creating literary works in what was effectively a foreign language, are...

Italian Epic and Romance: Tasso

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Torquato Tasso departed from Carolingian and Arthurian legends and chose instead the story of the First Crusade as the subject of his once immensely popular poem Gerusalemme liberata (1580–1, ...

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