ITA200H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Accademia Della Crusca, Giovanni Boccaccio, Petrarch

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Lecture 6: Tuesday February 12th
Midterm first hour of lecture
Most referenced and imited Camzone: by Petrarch
Madriga 52: Myth recalling tale of Diana and Acteon
Francesco Petrarca
July 20, 1304 July 20, 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarch was
an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, who was one of the
earliest humanists. His rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with
initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. Petrarch is often considered the founder
of Humanism. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the
modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni
Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Petrarch would be later endorsed
as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca.
RVF #52
-Madrigo: the lowest of the lyric forms, can speak more openly in carnal/erotic ways
References myth of Attion and Diana
-Dogs are the human passions, fed by us, and then eat you alive
-Laura is a shepherdess simile for Diana, veil-the body
-High noon, peak acts of sexual desire
Spirito Gentil, che quelle membra reggi
Gentle spirit, that rules those members
in which a pilgrim lives,
a brave lord, shrewd and wise,
now you have taken up the ivory sceptre
with which you punish Rome and her wrongdoers,
and recall her to her ancient ways,
I speak to you, because I see no other ray
of virtue that is quenched from the world,
nor do I find men ashamed of doing wrong.
I don’t know what Italy expects or hopes for,
she seems not to feel her trouble,
old, lazy, slow,
will she sleep forever, no one to wake her?
I should grasp her by the hair with my hand.
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