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Italian writers

Friday, January 13th, 2017
italian writers
Nicola Zingarelli, writer of the most famous Italian dictionary   Italy has a long history of writers. We could go back in time as far as ancient Rome to find the seeds of what millennia later would grow in Italian writing. Actually, the history of literature in Italy is, as it's evident, heavily influenced by the country's history.   After the fall of the Roman Empire, every patch of territory once united, became isolated and its inhabitants introduced their own variations to
Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Dante Alighieri
Dante's Passionately Written Books and his Life   Dante was born in 1268 in Florence, to a prestigious and powerful family. While still young his mother passed away, leaving the vulnerable boy in the capable and steady hands of his father Alighiero II. He took great pains in teaching him the meaning of duty and honor, leaning on a family friend called Brunetto Latini for help. Latini was not only a famous scholar and politician, but also a poet,  possibly influencing the
Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Florence Described by many as a living canvas and mainly known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, sophisticated Florence is impressive with its grand palaces, beautiful churches and priceless art collections. It is not for nothing that Florence epitomizes the wealth and extravagance befitting a European cultural capital. Yet this is not the greater story. It would be rash to conclude that Florence is simply the centre of some of the greatest artistic and architectural achievements of early
Friday, November 27th, 2015
oriana fallaci
Oriana Fallaci had made of the US her second home and her attachement to the States was visceral. When 9/11 happened, Fallaci described vividly her feelings and emotions while witnessing the tragedy from the windows of her NY city apartment: the feelings of a person watching her own home being violated. I mention this because Fallaci was a woman of deep, tumultous yet crystalline feelings, who loved her country, Italy, profoundly and at times with rage, but never without passion and
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
italian books
Ideally, the Summer is a time to unwind. Of course, it's not always like that, but we're all more likely to take it easy when it's hotter than when it snows, right? And, in the end, most of us do get their yearly vacation in the Summer months, so let's leave it at that: yes, the Summer *is* a time to unwind.    Reading is the quintessence of relaxation, or so we think here at lifeinitaly, so what's better than enjoying some well-deserved rest while feeding your love and interest for all that is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Francesco Petrarca statue in ItalyFrancesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca is one of the most famous figures in Italian literature. Widely known today as Francis Petrarch, he became an innovative scholar, poet, and humanist that influenced literature for centuries. Petrarca has been admired for his emotional sonnets and his intriguing thoughts on culture, but most of all, he sparked wonder in the hearts of scholars all over the world with his works describing the forbidden love of his life, a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Vittorio Alfieri The life of Vittorio Alfieri has been a subject of controversy for many years. Some attribute his immense success as a writer to his wealth, claiming his work was stark and only touched the surface. Others view Alfieri's work as pure genius, believing his dramatic style gave way to the age of tragedy in Italian literature. There are those who view Alfieri as a brash individual who sought only to satisfy his own needs through whatever means he deemed necessary, and there are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Alessandro Manzoni is an Italian poet and novelist best known for his lyric poem Il Cinque Maggio, which is an ode on the death of Napoleon, and his novel I promessi sposi or translated as The Betrothed. Manzoni was born in Milan on March 7, 1785 to Pietro Manzoni and Donna Giulia. His father Pietro was a fifty-year-old rich landowner with an estate near Lecco and his mother Giulia was a 26-year-old daughter of a famous Italian writer Cesare Beccaria. Alessandro's parents separated in 1792 and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
BoccaccioThe Influences of Shakespeare and Chaucer Before William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer, there was the man who both inspired and influenced much of their work: Giovanni Boccaccio. Boccaccio composed ground-breaking literary works during his lifetime that built the foundation for literature today. His poems and epics written in Italian and Latin became classics that would endure for hundreds of years and influence the path that literature would take in the years following his life
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ludovico Ariosto Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) was born on September 8th at Reggio Emilia (a town in North Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna region). Born to Niccolo Ariosto (a commander of the citadel of Reggio), he studied law in his earlier years. Then, after five years of law study, he began to study classical literature under the mentoring of Gregorio da Spoleto. Ariosto was going to study Greek as well as Latin, but missed this opportunity when his teacher was sent to France to tutor
Friday, June 1st, 2012
"In my younger days I struggled constantly with an overwhelming but pure love affair - my only one, and I would have struggled with it longer had not premature death, bitter but salutary for me, extinguished the cooling flames. I certainly wish I could say that I have always been entirely free from desires of the flesh, but I would be lying if I did." -Petrarch Petrarch by Bargilla Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) was one of the great poets of Italian Literature. It is Petrarch, along with
Friday, June 1st, 2012
"Who steals a bugle-horn, a ring, a steed,Or such like worthless thing, has some discretion;'Tis petty larceny: not such his deedWho robs us of our fame, our best possession."- Orlando Innamorata (canto LV) Francesco Berni Francesco Berni (1497-1536), was the founder of Bernesque Poetry, a serio-comic poetry full of satire. This style was named after him due to him excelling in the method and really taking this style of poetry to the forefront. Serio-comic poetry was also found in Lord Byron'