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(1350–1417). Florentine poet. Little is known of his life other than that he was a member of a wealthy noble family. He was a fervent admirer of the Florentine literary tradition represented by Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, and the dolce stil novo, which he defended in a Latin Invectiva against certain humanist detractors. His own poems correspondingly take his Tuscan predecessors as models. They are technically skilled and often delicately graceful, though tending to impose a certain static quality on dolce stil novo and Petrarchan topics. A sestina (‘Quando nel primo grado il chiaro sole’), which develops the image of a beautiful woman in an exquisite rural setting, becomes a lament for the fragility of earthly beauty. In one of his best-known poems, the madrigal ‘Un falcon peregrin dal ciel discese’, the peregrine falcon represents unending desire.


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