The Italian Poets since Dante

The Italian Poets since Dante

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The Italian Poets since Dante

The Italian Poets since Dante

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The following pages formed a course of lectures delivered at the Lowell Institute in Boston in the spring of 1904. No attempt has been made to recast them in a less rhetorical form.

They do not profess to be exhaustive. Many notable poets are omitted altogether; and of those who are handled many important works are passed over. It seemed that Chiabrera, for instance, might fairly be left out; and that if the "Orlando Furioso" were thoroughly discussed, the other poems of Ariosto need not be. If what is said about the poets named in these pages shall lead lovers of Italian to read those who are not, the author will be specially satisfied.

The reader will look in vain for evidences of profound original research, or subtlety of analytic criticism. The object is avowed at the outset to arouse a desire to be acquainted at first hand with a renowned body of literature, which is less read than it has been, and ought to be. The biographical notices are drawn from the most familiar sources, and the poems have been handled as they stand, without anxious effort to detect any Tendenz or Zeitgeist in their construction. The author believes that it is equally vain to regard a great poetic genius as the mere product of his age, and to attribute to him an elaborate philosophy of compo-

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