The poem, appropriately, is written in heroic couplets. Its opening boldly echoes Virgil
only to distance itself from the project of the Aeneid: Arms and the men for deeds of arms renown'd ....
The acclaim that Petrarch won in his lifetime shifted smoothly into a high reputation after his death. The first English author to refer to him was Chaucer
Nicholl, Charles. “On the Sixth Day”. London Review of Books, No. 3, pp. 23 - 6.
He was a vital inspiration to...
demonstrates the widest possible reading: from Homer
(all revered) and Juvenal
(used to prove that not all classical authors are admirable) through the heroic romances like those of...
Barbarina Brand, Baroness Dacre
Petrarch enjoyed great popularity in England at this time, in large part owing to the scholarly work of Susannah Dobson
. Other poets channelled his voice (like Charlotte Smith, Anne Bannerman, Ann Yearsley, and Mary...