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Les Consolations des misères de ma vie


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La mia corta favola
è già compita
è già compita.
E fornito il mio tempo
a mezzo gli anni
La mia corta favola
è già compit
a è già compita
from Sonnet de Petrarque / Sonnet RVF 254

Song

My short tale
is already over
is already over
And my time is fulfilled
in the middle of my years.
My short tale
is already over
is already over

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Francesco Petrarca, commonly anglicized as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. Petrarch is often called the "Father of Humanism". In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Petrarch would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch's sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the "Dark Ages." This standing back from his time was possible because he straddled two worlds - the classical and his own modern day.

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