Petrarch never read Divine comedy?!

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Petrarch never read Divine comedy?!

Postby Nonedo » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:24 pm

From Wikipedia
Petrarch's is a world apart from Dante, and the Divina Commedia. In spite of the metaphysical subject, the Commedia is deeply rooted in the cultural and social milieu of turn-of-the-century Florence: Dante's rise to power (1300) and exile (1302), his political passions call for a "violent" use of language, where he uses all the registers, from low and trivial to sublime and philosophical. Petrarch confessed to Boccaccio that he had never read the Commedia, remarks Contini, wondering whether this was true or Petrarch wanted to distance himself from Dante.

Is there any source of this? Any info? Sounds little strange
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Re: Petrarch never read Divine comedy?!

Postby Sid13 » Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:40 pm

That's not precisely true. I remember reading somewhere a letter Petrarch wrote to Boccaccio. Apparently, Boccaccio had criticized him for not appreciating Dante, and Petrarch wrote back that he had avoided reading Dante when young because he had been worried about becoming too influenced by him, but that he eventually read and admired Dante.
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Re: Petrarch never read Divine comedy?!

Postby Nonedo » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:43 pm

Thank you very much
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