Petrarch <i>solitarius</i>

Jennifer Petrie

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

Petrarch solitarius

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This chapter examines Petrarch's view on the solitary life based on his De Vita Solitaria. It explores the tensions behind the Petrarch's praise of the solitary life, notably the criticisms of it voiced by Augustinus in the Secretum. It explains that this opposition is left unresolved and what is left is a more complex picture of the humanist's self-portrayal as solitarius. It presents a poem from the second part of the Canzoniere which can be read as a subversion or as a sort of complement mirror image of all that is said in the De Vita Solitaria.

Keywords: solitary life; Petrarch; De Vita Solitaria; Augustinus; Secretum; solitarius; poem; Canzoniere

Chapter.  4136 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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