Guido Cavalcanti

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Cavalcanti, Guido


Born 1255 or 1259 in Florence; died there in 1300. Italian poet.

After G. Guinizelli, Cavalcanti became the major poet of the dolce stil nuovo. His canzones and sonnets celebrated sublime love for an idealized woman and attempted to reveal the philosophical meaning of this love. He also composed verses on earthly love, characterized by freshness and spontaneity (for example, his ballad “I Met a Shepherdess in the Woods”).


Le rime … edite e inedite. Florence, 1813.
In Russian translation:
“Sonety.” In Khrestomatiia po zarubezhnoi literature: Literatura sred-nikh vekov. Compiled by B. I. Purishev and R. O. Shor. Moscow, 1953.


De Sanctis, F. Istoriia itaVianskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow, 1963. Storia della letteratura italiana, vol. 1. Milan, 1965.
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Abstract: Guido Cavalcanti's sonnet "Una figura della Donna mia" is typically interpreted as a self-conscious burlesque of stilnovistic tropes.
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The wealth and power of the imperial papacy failed to rival the beauty of Pisa or Siena, and he would be foolish indeed who tried to name a Roman poet who rivaled Guido Cavalcanti, much less Dante.
DANTE HAS JUST SAID that his first poem in praise of Beatrice won him the man whom he considers his best friend, the poet Guido Cavalcanti. Slavitt's note informs us: "Within a decade, Dante played a part in the exile of Cavalcanti from Florence, and later, after his death, Dante puts him in The Inferno in the sixth circle, where heretics are punished." I am stunned that such a sentence could have gotten past the editors.
Although the focus of this issue is on contemporary Italian poets, we also tip our hats to Guido Cavalcanti, considered the first major poet in Italian, who was a mentor and friend to Dante.
The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti: A Critical English Edition.
While critics have tended recently to analyze the lyric poems of Dante and contemporaries such as Guido Cavalcanti and Guittone d'Arezzo primarily in psychological terms, Steinberg maintains that radical differences in their praxis cannot be explained adequately by invoking an oedipal anxiety of influence.
It does have a hint of self-justification (science by way of philosophy) as he speculates on the motives for a split between Dante and Guido Cavalcanti ('complex' but 'largely conjectural'), points to a 'scholarly consensus that the major source of their disagreement was ideological in character' (p.
A chapter on the Florence-born poet Guido Cavalcanti is confusing; Guido's importance to Dante's development--which Ms.
El libro objeto del presente comentario es, conforme su propio subtitulo expresa, una recopilacion de versiones de los poetas provenzales Arnaut Daniel y Raimbaut d'Aurenga y de los italianos Dante Alighieri y Guido Cavalcanti ofrecidas en parte a los lectores anteriormente, tal es el caso de los primeros autores mencionados en el volumen Mais Provencais: Raimbaut e Arnaut, con dos ediciones previas en la actualidad completamente agotadas (Florianopolis, Noa Noa, 1982; Sao Paulo, Companhia das Letras, 1987).
Stewart's thoughtful essay, "Spirit of Love: Subjectivity, Gender and Optics in the Lyrics of Guido Cavalcanti," probes Guido's theory of vision and the importance of Averroes in medieval optical theory.