Leopardi and Petrarch

Pamela Williams

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

Leopardi and Petrarch

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This chapter examines Giacomo Leopardi's own imitation of Petrarch. It describes Leopardi's major engagement with Petrarch including his commentary on the Canzoniere and explains the similarities and differences between his All sua donna and Petrarch's Chiare, fresche e dolci acque. It suggests that the most striking similarity between the two poets is that they both are concerned with illusions without self-delusion.

Keywords: Giacomo Leopardi; Petrarch; Canzoniere; All sua donna; Chiare; fresche e dolci acque; illusions; self-delusion

Chapter.  11457 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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