I had already a slight general notion of Italian letters from Leigh Hunt, and from other agreeable English Italianates; and I knew that I wanted to read not only the four great poets, Dante, Petrarch
, Ariosto, and Tasso, but that whole group of burlesque poets, Pulci, Berni, and the rest, who, from what I knew of them, I thought would be even more to my mind.
We saw a manuscript of Virgil, with annotations in the handwriting of Petrarch, the gentleman who loved another man's Laura, and lavished upon her all through life a love which was a clear waste of the raw material.
Let the world go on fretting about Laura and Petrarch if it will; but as for me, my tears and my lamentations shall be lavished upon the unsung defendant.
From this time, and especially after his other visit to Italy, five years later, he made much direct use of the works of Petrarch
and Boccaccio and to a less degree of those of their greater predecessor, Dante, whose severe spirit was too unlike Chaucer's for his thorough appreciation.
Perhaps he even met Boccaccio, and it is more than likely that he met Petrarch
, another great Italian poet who also retold one of the tales of The Decameron.
At length she returned with a lamp; and Archer, having meanwhile put together a phrase out of Dante and Petrarch
, evoked the answer: "La signora e fuori; ma verra subito"; which he took to mean: "She's out--but you'll soon see.
If Plato, Plutarch and Apuleius taught it, so have Petrarch
, Angelo and Milton.
And now here is my pocket Petrarch
, and not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the scene of action.
However slight the terrestrial intercourse between Dante and Beatrice or Petrarch
and Laura, time changes the proportion of things, and in later days it is preferable to have fewer sonnets and more conversation.
did continue to write the tribune with such frequency, with very few exceptions any trace of such voluminous correspondence is lost to us now.
Keywords: Berni, Petrarch
, queer, burlesque, imitation, sixteenth century.
The swift rise in the number of charterhouses in the fourteenth century reflects how the Carthusian order had become more open, and had attracted patrons, artists, scholars, and intellectuals such as Petrarch
who were opposed to scholastic ideals.