dolce stil novo

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A new style of Italian lyric love poetry practised in the late 13th century by Guido Cavalcanti, Dante Alighieri, and Cino da Pistoia, along with some imitators. The name (‘sweet new style’) comes from a dialogue in Dante's Purgatorio (xxiv. 57). This style is marked mainly by praise of the beloved in religious terms as an embodiment of divine grace, an attitude seemingly influenced by troubadour poetry and the codes of courtly love. The practitioners and partisans of this kind of lyric are sometimes referred to as stilnovisti.

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