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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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Leopardi and Petrarch

Leopardi and Petrarch

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Petrarch in Britain

Pamela Williams

British Academy

This chapter examines Giacomo Leopardi's own imitation of Petrarch. It describes Leopardi's major engagement with Petrarch including his commentary on the Canzoniere and explains the similarities and differences between his All sua donna and Petrarch's Chiare, fresche e dolci acque. It suggests that the most striking similarity between the two poets is that they both are concerned with illusions without self-delusion.

Keywords:   Giacomo Leopardi, Petrarch, Canzoniere, All sua donna, Chiare, fresche e dolci acque, illusions, self-delusion

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