Guido Cavalcanti

Federica Anichini (Fordham University)
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In the Italian lyrical tradition, Guido Cavalcanti embodies a legendary and elusive figure. His reputation began to build shortly after his death in 1300 and became established during the following century. Cavalcanti has been handed down more as a philosopher and a logician gifted with a formidable intellect than as a poet. The cultural rank he achieved is especially attested by the proliferation of commentaries that, ever since the thirteenth century, have been produced about his major canzone

Donna me prega

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Cavalcanti’s body of poems is slender; its content is, however, groundbreaking. The relevance of his poetic production was acknowledged from the beginning by his contemporaries, whose incisive portrayals turn Guido Cavalcanti into a powerful icon. He is mentioned in some of the

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Citation: Anichini, Federica. "Guido Cavalcanti". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 July 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5040, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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