Italian poetry

Italian poetry

Italian poetry is a category of Italian literature.

Important Italian poets

* Giacomo da Lentini a 13th Century poet who is believed to have invented the sonnet.
* Guido Cavalcanti (c.1255 - 1300) Tuscan poet, and a key figure in the Dolce Stil Novo movement.
* Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) wrote "Divina Commedia", one of the pinnacles of Middle Ages literature.
* Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374) famous for developing the Petrarchan sonnet in a collection of 366 poems called "Canzoniere."
* Ludovico Ariosto (1474 – 1533) wrote the epic poem "Orlando furioso" (1516).
* Torquato Tasso (1544 – 1595) wrote "La Gerusalemme liberata" (1580) in which he describes the imaginary combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade.
* Ugo Foscolo (1778 - 1827): best known for his poem "Dei Sepolcri"
* Giacomo Leopardi (1798 – 1837): his "Canzoni" are highly valued
* Giovanni Pascoli (1855 - 1912)
* Eugenio Montale (1896 – 1981) won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1975.
* Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970)
* Cesare Pavese (1908 – 1950)

ee also

* List of Italian language poets

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