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Petrarchism at Work: Contextual Economies in the Age of Shakespeare

William J. Kennedy


The Italian scholar and poet Francesco Petrarch (1304–1374) is best remembered today for vibrant and impassioned love poetry that helped to establish Italian as a literary language. Petrarch inspired later Renaissance writers, who produced an extraordinary body of work regarded today as perhaps the high-water mark of poetic productivity in the European West. These “Petrarchan” poets were self-consciously aware of themselves as poets—as craftsmen, revisers, and professionals. As the book shows, this commitment to professionalism and the mastery of poetic craft is essential to understanding Petr ... More

Keywords: Italian scholar, Italian poet, Francesco Petrarch, love poetry, Renaissance writers, revision, redaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700019
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William J. Kennedy, author
Cornell University