Dolce Stil Nuovo


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Dolce Stil Nuovo

 

(sweet new style, in Italian), an Italian school of poetry of the late 13th century. Its head was the Bolognese poet G. Guinizelli; among his followers were the Florentine poets G. Cavalcanti, the young Dante, and D. Frescobaldi. Dolce stil nuovo poetry was characteristic of the Italian preRenaissance in central and northern Italy when self-knowledge and interest in the inner world of the individual were developing. Dolce stil nuovo poets sang an ennobling, exalted love of woman. However, in some poems (especially those by Cavalcanti) love was a cruel force, inspiring fear and confusion. The main poetic virtues of the school were the elegance and musicality of the verse form.

REFERENCES

Gaspari, A. Istoriia ital’ianskoi literatury, vol. 1. Translated by K. Bal’mont. Moscow, 1895.
Storia della letteratura italiana, vol. 1. Milan, 1965.
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Within this period we learn of Dante's use of the dolce stil nuovo (sweet new style) and how Dante credited a predecessor in its development.
On the contrary, the poets of the dolce stil nuovo brought together the idea of the ennobling effects of love and the notion that nobility represents an inner virtue (Lansing 220).
As mentioned previously, the poets of the dolce stil nuovo, including Cavalcanti, altered the discussion of love by connecting it to the belief of nobility as based on inner virtue.