- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- 1 Petrarch and the ‘barbari Britanni’
- 2 Petrarch <i>solitarius</i>
- 3 The Ethics of Ignorance: Petrarch’s Epicurus and Averroës and the Structures of the <i>De Sui Ipsius et Multorum Ignorantia</i>
- 4 Petrarch’s Second (and Third) Death
- 5 Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s <i>Africa:</i> Classical and Medieval Sources
- 6 Petrarch Reading Dante: The Ascent of Mont Ventoux (<i>Familiares</i> 4. 1)
- 7 Petrarch and Cino da Pistoia: A Moment in the Pre-history of the <i>Canzoniere</i>
- 8 Petrarch and the Italian Reformation
- 9 Petrarch, Sidney, Bruno
- 10 Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch
- 11 Impersonations of Laura in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Italy
- 12 Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England
- 13 Thomas Watson’s <i>Hekatompathia</i> and European Petrarchism
- 14 The Comedy of Astrophil: Petrarchan Motifs in Sidney’s <i>Astrophil and Stella</i>
- 15 Sidney, Spenser, and Political Petrarchism
- 16 Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet
- 17 Leopardi and Petrarch
- 18 Between Tradition and Transgression: Amelia Rosselli’s Petrarch
- 19 Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch
- 20 Translating Petrarch
- (p.28) (p.29) 2 Petrarch solitarius
- Petrarch in Britain
- 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.
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