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Francesco Petrarch

(1304-1374)

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Francesco Petrarcha was born in Arezzo of a family exiled from Florence in 1301. His father was a notary. He studied at Montpellier University and at law school, and became chaplain to Cardinal Colonna. He travelled in France, Flanders and Germany. He met his idealized woman, Laura, in 1327. She died of the Black Death in 1348. His series of love sonnets and other poems strongly influenced ... more »

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  • Whyle I was abowte to chaunge myn olde lyff—
    What sorowe I suffred, dyseese, angre and stryff,
    Cracchynge myn here, my chekys all totare,
    Wrythynge my fyngres for angwysshe a...
    Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet (FRANCESCO PETRARCA). Secretum (l. 36-40). OxBL—V. Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose, The. Doug...
  • The eyes that drew from me such fervent praise,
    The arms and hands and feet and countenance
    Which made me a stranger in my own romance
    And set me apart from the well-trodden ways;...
    Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet (FRANCESCO PETRARCA). Sonnets to Laura in Death (l. 36-40). MoBrPo. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces....
  • ''Tell her, I'm sick of living; that I'm blown
    By winds of grief from the course I ought to steer,''
    Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet (FRANCESCO PETRARCA). Sonnets to Laura in Death (l. 36-40). . . The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Vol...
  • ''Death had his grudge against me, and he got up in the way, like an
    armed robber, with a pike in his hand.''
    Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet (FRANCESCO PETRARCA). Sonnets to Laura in Death (l. 36-40). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. Wi...
  • ''My flowery and green age was passing away, and I feeling a chill in
    the fires had been wasting my heart, for I was drawing near the
    hillside above the grave.''
    Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet (FRANCESCO PETRARCA). Sonnets to Laura in Death (l. 36-40). OxBL—V. Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892...
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