[pee-trahrk, pe-]


Francesco Petrarca, 1304–74, Italian poet and scholar. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Perhaps it sounded more forceful in the language of Dante and Petrarch, but fair enough.

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    Holocaust? What Holocaust?

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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
Derived FormsPetrarchan, adjective
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