- Francesco Petrarca, 1304–74, Italian poet and scholar.
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Perhaps it sounded more forceful in the language of Dante and Petrarch, but fair enough.Holocaust? What Holocaust?
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I used to lie under the great cedar yonder, and read Petrarch.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
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Thus Haller spoke to me of Petrarch, mentioning Rousseau with aversion.
I wished to ascend to that part of the rock where Petrarch's house stood.
He wants to dance the polka as Petrarch, and find a Laura in every partner.'Tancred
He makes the same complaint in speaking of Petrarch and Boccaccio.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
- Italian name Francesco Petrarca. 1304–74, Italian lyric poet and scholar, who greatly influenced the values of the Renaissance. His collection of poems Canzoniere, inspired by his ideal love for Laura, was written in the Tuscan dialect. He also wrote much in Latin, esp the epic poem Africa (1341) and the Secretum (1342), a spiritual self-analysis
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