Della Cruscans

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

The Della Cruscans were a group of poets active in Italy and England in the 1780's and 90's. The name derives from the Accademia della Crusca which had been founded in 1582 to protect the purity of the Italian language. Della Cruscan verse is typically ornate, excessively sentimental and liberal. The movement originated in Florence with a group of British writers and Italian patriots, led by Robert Merry and including William Parsons and Hester Thrale Piozzi. They published The Arno Miscellany (1784) and The Florence Miscellany (1785). As the verse was often published in The European Magazine, the Della Cruscans became known in England. On his return from Italy Merry published a poem entitled “Adieu and …

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O'Connell, Mary. "Della Cruscans". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2009
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