Petrarch, Sidney, Bruno

Gatti Hilary

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, Sidney, Bruno

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This chapter traces the more secular spirit of Giordano Bruno's Petrarchism. It suggests that Bruno's originality can be seen in the fact that he brings his Italian experience of the Petrarchan and anti-Petrarchan debate to Britain and that he confronted the principal English Petrarchan poet of his time, Sir Philip Sidney. It discusses Bruno's dedication of the Gli eroici furori to Sidney and his belief that the Petrarchan sonnet is a suitable vehicle for philosophical enquiry in the post-Copernican, infinite universe.

Keywords: Giordano Bruno; Petrarchism; Britain; Sir Philip Sidney; Gli eroici furori; Petrarchan sonnet; philosophical enquiry

Chapter.  5304 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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