Torquato Tasso (1544-1595)

Torquato Tasso was an Italian poet, best known for his poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, 1581). Tasso suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be crowned on the Capitoline Hill as the king of poets by the Pope. 

Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374)

Francesco Petrarca, commonly anglicized as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar and poet, often credited with initiating the 14th-century Italian Renaissance and founding Renaissance humanism, as well as developing the concept of the Dark Ages. His sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. Petrarch would be …

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