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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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Petrarch solitarius

Petrarch solitarius

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Petrarch in Britain

Jennifer Petrie

British Academy

This chapter examines Petrarch's view on the solitary life based on his De Vita Solitaria. It explores the tensions behind the Petrarch's praise of the solitary life, notably the criticisms of it voiced by Augustinus in the Secretum. It explains that this opposition is left unresolved and what is left is a more complex picture of the humanist's self-portrayal as solitarius. It presents a poem from the second part of the Canzoniere which can be read as a subversion or as a sort of complement mirror image of all that is said in the De Vita Solitaria.

Keywords:   solitary life, Petrarch, De Vita Solitaria, Augustinus, Secretum, solitarius, poem, Canzoniere

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