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Poetry and identification in Quattrocento Naples ways poems as acts of cultural identification through analyzing how a gaggle of authors used poetry to enhance a poetic type, whereas additionally showing their place towards the tradition of others. ranging from an research of Giovanni Pontano's Parthenopeus and De Amore Coniugali, by way of a dialogue of Jacopo Sannazaro's Arcadia, Matteo Soranzo hyperlinks the genesis and issues of those texts to the social, political and highbrow vicissitudes of Naples less than the domination of Kings Alfonso and Ferrante. Delving additional into Pontano's literary and astrological construction, Soranzo illustrates the consolidation and eventual dispersion of this author's legacy through taking a look at the symbolic price hooked up to his masterpiece Urania, and on the genesis of Sannazaro's De Partu Virginis. The options of poets writing in neo-Latin and the vernacular through the Aragonese domination, during this manner, are used not just as historic proof, but additionally to open a discussion with New Historicism and the social sciences.

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It was only later in the Middle Ages that patria, thanks to the reintroduction of Aristotelian categories in juridical and theological thought, reacquired its ancient resonance and was even implemented as a legal concept. 15 In the context of the humanistic revival of the Roman past, therefore, this word was more than a tribute to the world of Cicero and Propertius and had immensely important implications for the definition of individual identities. ” 13 Cicero, De legibus, 2: 5. 14 Debrohun, “Propertius, Umbria, and Rome,” 86–117.

In quoting from Beccadelli’s Hermaphrodite, I have used Holt Parker’s translation. 38 Pontano’s Catullus, however, is not only a model for light-hearted love poetry and epigrams as established by Martial. For an attentive reader of Ovid’s Amores like Pontano, Catullus was also a precursor of Augustan elegy. So, if the common perception of Catullus filtered by Martial influenced Pontano’s poems in hendecasyllables, his poems in elegiac couplets betray a tendency to read the same poet in conjunction with Augustan elegists Tibullus and Propertius.

In inheriting a largely feudal kingdom from their Angevin predecessors, Alfonso and his heirs struggled to control the numerous and proud landowners scattered in their territory. 55 Along with the systematic use of intermarriage, the revival of troubadour poetry imported from the Iberian Peninsula became one among Alfonso’s instruments to gain control over his newly acquired territory, and its legitimate rulers. Of the many authors collected in the Cancionero de Estúñiga, nobody epitomized this political use of troubadour poetry better than Castilian poet Carvajal.

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