Gian Giorgio Trissino

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Trissino, Gian Giorgio


Born July 8, 1478, in Vicenza; died Dec. 8,1550, in Rome. Italian Renaissance writer.

A proponent of classicism, Trissino turned to the form and meter of Greek drama in his tragedy Sofonisba (1515; published 1524) and his comedy The Simillimi (published 1548). His attempt to create a classical epic poetry in opposition to the poetry of L. Pulci, M. Boiardo, and L. Ariosto was less successful. His heroic poem in 27 books, Italy Liberated From the Goths (published 1547–48), was written in imitation of Homer and used hexameters rather than ottava rima. Trissino’s work anticipated the Italian classicists in many respects. In works on grammar and linguistics, Trissino argued the need to standardize the Italian literary language.


Scrittiscelti. [Vicenza] 1950.


Istoriia zapadnoevropeiskogo teatra, vol. 1. Edited by S. S. Mokul’skii. Moscow, 1956.
Palumbo, P. “G. Trissino.” In Letteratura italiana: I minori, [vol. 2]. Milan [1969]. Pages 873–89.


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1549) Gian Giorgio Trissino, one of the few who retains the Latin term "apostrofe," cites for his examples passages from Petrarch's Rime sparse in which the author suspends the discourse and turns to the poem itself: "Ben sai, canzon, che quant'io parlo e nulla" (You know well, Song, that whatever I say is nothing; Rime 127) or examples from Dante's Divine Comedy in which the poet turns to the readers: "Ricordati lettor" (Remember, reader; Purgatory, 17.1).
Other experiments in 16th-century Italy were the tragedy Sofonisba (written 1514-15) by Gian Giorgio Trissino and the didactic poem Le api (1539) by Giovanni Rucellai.