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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’s Second (and Third) Death

Petrarch’s Second (and Third) Death

(p.60) (p.61) 4 Petrarch’s Second (and Third) Death
Petrarch in Britain

Jonathan Usher

British Academy

This chapter examines the concept of the solitary Petrarch and suggests that Petrarch's theory of secular fame and the various stages of death, fame, time, and eternity are already present in nuce in the early Latin elegy on his mother's death. It highlights the influence of Dante's Inferno in Petrarch's development of an iterative mortality/vitality related to memory early in his career and on his Metrica on the death of his mother.

Keywords:   Petrarch, solitary life, secular fame, death, fame, eternity, Latin elegy, Dante, Inferno, mother's death

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