This was a woman to whom the normally acid-penned poet Ariosto wrote tributes.
It is as extravagant as Ariosto, and as dull as Wilkie's Epigoniad.
Ariosto and Tasso were no more free from it than were Horace and Virgil.
Not long after the publication of the revised edition Ariosto's health gave way.
Ariosto is worse; Smollett ten times worse; Fielding no better.
Indeed, we know of a letter in which he asks the poet Ariosto to advise him about certain details.
Ariosto has been, after Homer, the favourite poet of Europe.
The common faults for which Ariosto taxes women are cupidity, infidelity, and fraud.
Next in date and importance is the Orlando Furioso of Ariosto.
The author here alludes to the hypogryphe, a winged horse, invented by Ariosto, that carried the Paladins through the air.