Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico, Castiglione

Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico, Castiglione - Excerpts from...

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Excerpts from Petrarch, “Letter to Posterity,” Boccaccio, The Decameron , Pico Della Mirandola, “Oration on the Dignity of Man,” and Castiglione, The Courtier How does Petrarch describe his youth in the “Letter to Posterity?” Is he proud of his youthful achievements? Does he prefer youth or old age (pp. 166-67)? How do the experiences of Petrarch’s life reflect the wider cultural, religious, and political realities of the 14 th century? Where did he live? What cities did he like or dislike (pp. 168-70)? What was his favorite kind of education or activity (169-70)? Did Petrarch admire people in the elite social classes? Did he defer to kings and government officials (pp. 169, 171)? How would you describe his view of people who have authority? How does Petrarch view love and his relations with women (p. 167)? What is Petrarch’s view of antiquity (p. 167-68)? Who are his favorite authors? How does Petrarch express the cultural values of the Renaissance?
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