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The term given by later literary historians to a deliberately startling new poetic style inaugurated by the Italian poet Giovanbattista Marino (1569–1625) and his many followers, originally referred to as concettismo. It cultivated powerful sense‐impressions and especially the far‐fetched conceit or extended metaphor that connects hitherto remote things, sometimes on the basis of new scientific knowledge or exotic explorations. The style is exhibited most fully in Marino's erotic epicAdone (1623) but is visible in the widely‐read collection of shorter poems Rime (1602); among the lesser Marinists who imitated it in the early 17th century were Marcello Macedonio and Giovan Leone Sempronio. It is one of several stylistic manifestations of the European baroque cult of ingenuity, and has some parallels with the Spanish poetic movement of conceptismo and with the practice of the English metaphysical poets. See also mannerism, secentismo.

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