poet Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio
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Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of virtually all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot.

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The exact details of his birth are uncertain. The majority of sources state that he was born either in Florence or in a village near Certaldo where his ... more »

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (10/25/2015 3:49:00 PM)

    for Dimitris(Jimmy) Psacho, who writes -see box below-:
    '' I'm not prejudiced but really...Boccacio doesn't belong here! [..] Yet, he's not a poet [..] ''

    HE DOESN'T BELONG HERE...? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? How can he say such silly words!
    Boccaccio ''As a poet who wrote in the Italian vernacular, is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.''

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  • Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (6/19/2007 12:26:00 PM)

    I'm not prejudiced but really...Boccacio doesn't belong here! Yes, he's an innovator, one of the utmost revolutionists of the novel and italian literature, why, world literature! ! Yet, he's not a poet with the pure sense as Dante(though I must read the second volume of Decameron! I just adore it!)

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Best Poem of Giovanni Boccaccio

Sonetto

BESIDE a fountain in a little grove
That fresh green fronds and pretty flowers did grace,
Three maidens sat and talked methinks of love.
Mid golden locks, o'ershadowing each sweet face,
For coolness was entwined a leaf-green spray,
And all the while a gentle zephyr played
Through green and golden in a tender way,
Weaving a web of sunshine and of shade.
After a while, unto the other two
One spoke, and I could hear her words: "Think you
That if our lovers were to happen by
We would all run away for very fright?"
The others answered ...

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