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Unformatted text preview: Lit from the Italian Renaissance 18:16 3 crowns- Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio 1304-1374 Dark Ages- applied to medieval period (Middle Ages) is Petrarchs phrase. First age is the high period of Greek culture- The ancient period Second age is the Middle Ages- medieval period Third age is the Renaissance PETRARCH Petrarch lamented the fact that he could not read Greek . Very disturbed by it. It blocked him from being able to read the great ancient Greek poets (homer, Sophocles, etc.) He laments the superstitious nature of his current environment. Felt stifled by the literary and ecclesiastical authorities, and limited in what he could read, learn, and write. The sensibilities of Petrarch define some of the sensibilities of some of the Renaissance writers. He is a point of origin for the way we think about the Renaissance today. Italian was the spoken language Latin was the written language Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio were indigenous writers. They were Italians. They were not part of the different scholars and writers who came to Italy from other parts of Europe around the Latin language. All Florentines. A laud is a praise. Epic poetry is modeled after the poems of Homers Iliad and Odyssey , Virgils Aeneid . Virgils epic is in verses of 8. 3 Crowns are very precious to the Italian tradition and Renaissance bc of their writings AND bc they're native Florentines. Tuscan language is something that they all have in common. It is a source of cultural pride Northrop Frye Radicals of presentation 3 kinds of works (genres): Epic o Dantes Divine Comedy is an epic poem. It takes as its model of Virgil. Dante aspires to receive the crown of the poet laureate, and achieves it. o Dante makes the radical choice of writing in Italian and using tercets. Prose Narrative Lyric Poetry o Petrarch o Can be put to music- Rhyme scheme can be chanted or sung aloud o Canzone- song- canzoniere Boccaccio- the Decameron- written in narrative prose. Covers 100 days, 10 stories a day. Much like the Canterbury tales. the kinds of poems that focus on love are referred to as courtly love poems. Dante gets in a debate with his best friend, Guido Cavalcanti, about how they think poetry should be a more philosophical form. They separate themselves from those who are writing courtly love....
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course LITTRANS 256 taught by Professor Kirstinphillipskourt during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.
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