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The Influence of Courtly Literature on Ludovico Ariosto's Italian Lyrics

Fri, March 23, 11:00am to 12:30pm, Hilton Riverside, 1st Level - Grand Salon Breakout 6

Abstract

Unlike his other works, Ariosto’s Italian lyrics were never published during the author’s life. Maybe for this reason, they have so far been overlooked by scholars; however, they are important for documenting Ariosto’s poetic education and for offering an insight into the context in which they were written, and this makes a reappraisal of them necessary. In particular, the aim of my contribution is to investigate the overall relationship of the lyrics with Boiardo’s Amorum libri tres. This link is not immediately evident, which is surprising if one considers that, on the other hand, Boiardo was the main point of reference for the Orlando furioso. After examining the actual breadth of the intertextual and thematic borrowings, most of which are to be found in the sonnets on joyful love, I will show how Ariosto hides his connection to Boiardo, by “classicizing” the style of his predecessor.

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