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Petrarch (ˈpɛtrɑːk Pronunciation for Petrarch



  1. Italian name Francesco Petrarca. 1304–74, Italian lyric poet and scholar, who greatly influenced the values of the Renaissance. His collection of poems Canzoniere, inspired by his ideal love for Laura, was written in the Tuscan dialect. He also wrote much in Latin, esp the epic poem Africa (1341) and the Secretum (1342), a spiritual self-analysis

Derived Forms

Peˈtrarchan adjective

Example Sentences Including 'Petrarch'

Her enthusiasm came to extend to all of Renaissance Italy, from Petrarch to Giorgio Antonio Vespucci, uncle of the explorer Amerigo.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The lyric poetry of Petrarch , who was later a good friend to Boccaccio, is a particularly revealing example.
Benson, David C Chaucer's `Troilus and Criseyde
The words are the opening lines of a poem by Petrarch , the 14th-century writer who spent almost half his life in Provence.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
`My God, I don't need Petrarch to tell me to do that,' shouted Sam.
Penelope Fitzgerald HUMAN VOICES (2003)


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