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(1544 - 1595 / Italy)

Torquato Tasso
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Torquato Tasso was born in Sorrento, near Naples in Italy, in 1544. As a young man he was educated by Jesuits at the Court of the Dukes of Urbino and later studied law and philosophy at the University of Padua. He completed his studies at the University of Bologna, from where he later received an invitation, in 1565, to join the brilliant court of the Este at Ferrara, where he remained for many years. There he wrote a number of beautiful, ltrical poems. He had already achieved fame prior to this when, aged just 18, he published his chivlaric poem Rinaldo in 1562.

Other works by Tasso include the pastoral play Aminta (1573) and his masterpiece Gerusalemme Liberata (Jeusralem ... more »

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  • ''Thou madest loose grace unkind;
    Gavest bridle to their words, art to their pace.
    O Honour, it is thou
    That makest that stealth, which Love doth free allow.''
    Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian poet. Aminta (l. 49-52). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John H...
  • ''Honour, thou first didst close
    The spring of all delight,
    Denying water to the amorous thirst;''
    Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian poet. Aminta (l. 40-42). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John H...
  • ''Her voluntary fruits, free without fees;''
    Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian poet. Aminta (l. 6). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Holla...
  • ''None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.''
    Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian poet. Oft-quoted by Shelley in his letters and essays, this quotation is not found verbatim in Tasso's work, b...
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