Rarely do great…

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.

– Francesco Petrarca


born in Arezzo, Italy July 04, 1304
died: July 03, 1374
gender: male
genre: Poetry

Francesco Petrarca known in English as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar, poet, and one of the earliest Renaissance humanists. Petrarch is often popularly called the “father of humanism”. Based on Petrarch’s works, and to a lesser extent those of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Pietro Bembo in the 16th century created the model for the modern Italian language, later endorsed by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch is credited with developing the sonnet.

His sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poems. Petrarch was also known for being one of the first people to call the Middle Ages the Dark Ages.



2 thoughts on “Rarely do great…

  1. ‘April 6, 1327: Known in English as Petrarch, Renaissance scholar and poet Francesco Petrarca first laid eyes on the beautiful Laura—who was married to another and never returned his love—686 years ago today. The sonnets he wrote to her inspired imitators like Shakespeare.’
    – Goodreads

  2. It may appear that we are still in the dark. But beauty and virtue live just behind every, everything created. We are just distracted by the misty clouds that shroud the mountains.
    At first, I had a hard time with your blog because the words do not stand out against the background image. But it dawned on me that life is often like that. We need to really look, not just expect the poetry to shine as brightly as the sun. We wouldn’t really see the clouds, were it not for the sunlight that filters through. We would be blinded by staring.
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