Famous Italian Poets - Famous Poets from Italy

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Alighieri, Dante

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Dante Alighieri is an Italian Florentine poet (born in Florence, Italy in 1265). His greatest work is la Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy).
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Quasimodo, Salvatore

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. Italian author and poet; 1959 Nobel Prize in Literature
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Aleardi, Aleardo

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Italian poet, Aleardo Aleardi (November 14, 1812 – July 17, 1878), born Gaetano Maria, he belonged to the so-called Neo-romanticists. He was engaged in a life-long struggle against the Austrian dominion, and his patriotic poems were much admired. In 1859 he was elected deputy to Parliament for Brescia. Died Verona, 16 July, 1878.
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Levi, Primo

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Primo Michele Levi (Italian:  ['primo 'lvi] ; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian Jewish chemist and writer. He was the author of several books and collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947) (U.S.: Survival in Auschwitz ), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi -occupied Poland ; and his unique work, The Periodic Table (1975), linked to qualities of the elements, which the Royal Institution of Great Britain named the best science book ever written.
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Abati, Antonio

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Antonio Abati (late 16th century-1667) was an Italian poet. We know that he was born in Gubbio, but the rest of his youthful biography is very vague. Abati was a satirical poet who wrote in the Baroque style. His book of nine satires was published in 1651.
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Alamanni, Luigi

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Luigi Alamanni (sometimes spelt Alemanni) (6 March 1495 – 18 April 1556) was an Italian poet and statesman. He was regarded as a prolific and versatile poet. He was credited with introducing the epigram into Italian poetry.. Italian poet and statesman.
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D'Annunzio, Gabriele

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Gabriele D'Annunzio or d'Annunzio was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, dramatist, and daredevil. His role in politics is controversial due to his influence on the Italian Fascist movement and his status as the alleged forerunner of Benito Mussolini.. Italian poet journalist novelist dramatist and soldier during World War I
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Lentini, Giacomo da

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Giacomo da Lentini, also known as Jacopo (il ) Notaro, was an Italian poet of the 13th century. He was a senior poet of the Sicilian School and was a notary at the court of the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II. Giacomo is credited with the invention of the sonnet.
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Leopardi, Giacomo

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. Italian poet essayist philosopher and philologist
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Foscolo, Ugo

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Ugo Foscolo (6 February 1778 – 10 September 1827), born Niccolò Foscolo, was an Italian writer, revolutionary and poet.. Italian writer revolutionary and poet
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Ariosto, Ludovico

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Ludovico Ariosto, an illustrious Italian poet, born at Reggio, in Lombardy; spent his life chiefly in Ferrara, mostly in poverty; his great work "Orlando Furioso" (q. v.), published the first edition, in 40 cantos, in 1516, and the third in 46 cantos, in 1532; the work is so called from the chief subject of it, the madness of Roland induced by the loss of his lady-love through her marriage to another (1474-1532).
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Boccaccio, Giovanni

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Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and important Renaissance humanist.
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Manzoni, Alessandro

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Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni (7 March 1785 – 22 May 1873) was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The Betrothed (orig.Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1827), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.. Italian poet novelist
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Merini, Alda

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Alda Merini (March 21, 1931 – November 1, 2009) was a renowned Italian writer and poetess. The President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, called her an "inspired and limpid poetic voice." She received the prize of the Italian Republic in the area of poetry. She was born in Milan and died there aged 78.. Italian writer and poet
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Angiolieri, Cecco

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Cecco Angiolieri (Italian pronunciation:  ['tekko ando'ljri] ; c. 1260 - c. 1312) was an Italian poet.
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Carducci, Giosuè

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Giosuè Alessandro Michele Carducci (27 July 1835 – 16 February 1907) was an Italian poet and teacher. He was very influential and was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. In 1906 he became the first Italian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.. Italian poet and teacher
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Franco, Veronica

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Veronica Franco (1546–1591) was an Italian poet and courtesan in 16th century Venice.. Italian poet and courtesan in 16th century Venice
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Angelis, Milo de

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Milo De Angelis (born 1951) is an Italian language poet. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as a volume of stories and one of essays. He has also published translations of several modern French authors and Greek classics.
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Buonarroti, Michelangelo

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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo (Italian pronunciation:  [mike'landelo] ), was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci .
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Pavese, Cesare

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Cesare Pavese (9 September 1908 – 27 August 1950) was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator; he is widely considered among the major authors of the 20th century in his home country.. Italian poet novelist literary critic and translator
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Luzi, Mario

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Mario Luzi (20 October 1914 – 28 February 2005) was an Italian poet.. Italian poet
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Gozzano, Guido

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Guido Gustavo Gozzano (December 19, 1883 - August 9, 1916) was an Italian poet and writer .
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Colonna, Vittoria

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Marchioness of Pescara, Italian poet, daughter of Fabrizio Colonna, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples, and of Anna da Montefeltro, was born at Marino, a fief of the Colonna family.
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Piutti, Anna

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Anna Piutti: Italian poet. Anna Piutti poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Anna Piutti biography.
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Poliziano,

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Angelo Ambrogini (14 July 1454 – 24 September 1494), commonly known by his nickname Poliziano (Italian:  [polit'tsjano] ; anglicized as Politian ; Latin : Politianus ) was an Italian classical scholar and poet of the Florentine Renaissance. His scholarship was instrumental in the divergence of Renaissance (or Humanist) Latin from medieval norms and for developments in philology. His nickname, Poliziano, by which he is chiefly identified to the present day, was derived from the Latin name of his birthplace, Montepulciano (Mons Politianus ).
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Arator,

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He was an orphan, and owed his early education to
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Marino, Giambattista

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Giambattista Marino (also Giovan Battista Marino) (18 October 1569 — 25 March 1625) was an Italian poet who was born in Naples. He is most famous for his long epic L'Adone.. Italian poet
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Campana, Dino

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Dino Campana (20 August 1885 – 1 March 1932) was an Italian visionary poet. His fame rests on his only published book of poetry, the Canti orfici ("Orphic Songs"), as well as his wild and erratic personality, including his ill-fated love affair with Sibilla Aleramo. He is often seen as an Italian example of a poète maudit .
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de Pizan, Christine

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Christine de Pisan (also seen as de Pizan) (1363 – c. 1430) was a Venetian-born woman of the medieval era who strongly challenged misogyny and stereotypes prevalent in the male-dominated medieval culture. As a poet, she was well known and highly regarded in her own day.. Venetian historian poet philosopher
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Balestrini, Nanni

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Nanni Balestrini (2 July 1935) is an Italian experimental poet, author and visual artist of the Neoavanguardia movement.
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Ungaretti, Giuseppe

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Giuseppe Ungaretti (10 February 1888 – 2 June 1970) was an Italian modernist poet, journalist, essayist, critic and academic. A leading representative of the experimental trend known as Ermetismo ("Hermeticism"), he was one of the most prominent contributors to 20th century Italian literature. Influenced by symbolism, he was briefly aligned with futurism. Like many futurists, he took an irredentist position during World War I. Ungaretti debuted as a poet while fighting in the trenches, publishing one of his best-known pieces, L'allegria ("The Joy").. Italian modernist poet journalist essayist critic academic; 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature
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Trilussa,

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Carlo Alberto Salustri (Rome, 1873-1950) was an Italian dialect poet, better known by his pen name of Trilussa (an anagram of his surname, “Salustri”). He is best known for his poems, some of them sonnets, written in the dialect of Rome .
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Tasso, Torquato

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Torquato Tasso (11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, 1580), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem. He suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by the Pope. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Tasso remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe.. Italian poet; best known for Jerusalem Delivered
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Pasolini, Pier Paolo

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Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian:  ['pjr 'paolo pazo'lini] ; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, becoming a highly controversial figure in the process. While his work remains controversial to this day, in the years since his death Pasolini has come to be valued by many as a visionary thinker and a major figure in Italian literature and art. American literary critic Harold Bloom considers Pasolini to be a major European poet and a major voice in 20th-century poetry, including his works in his collection of the Western canon .
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Zanzotto, Andrea

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Andrea Zanzotto (born October 10, 1921) is an Italian poet.. Italian poet
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Pascoli, Giovanni

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Giovanni Placido Agostino Pascoli (December 31, 1855—April 6, 1912) was an Italian poet and classical scholar.. Italian poet
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Boiardo, Matteo Maria

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Matteo Maria Boiardo was an Italian Renaissance poet.
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Montale, Eugenio

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Eugenio Montale (October 12, 1896 – September 12, 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975.. Italian poet prose writer editor and translator; 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature
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Metastasio,

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Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, better known by his pseudonym of Metastasio, (January 3, 1698 – April 12, 1782) was an Italian poet and librettist, considered the most important writer of opera seria libretti.
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Boito, Arrigo

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Italian poet and musical composer, was born at Padua on the 24th of February 1842.
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Guglielminetti, Amalia

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Amalia Guglielminetti (4 April 1881 - 4 December 1941) was an Italian poet and writer .
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Berni, Francesco

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Francesco Berni (1497-1536), Italian poet, was born about 1497 at Lamporecchio, in Bibbiena, a district lying along the Upper Arno.
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Petrarca, Francesco

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Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch in English; July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374) was an Aretine scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero 's letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. Petrarch is often called the "Father of Humanism". In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Petrarch would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch's sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the " Dark Ages ".
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Guinizelli, Guido

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Guido Guinizzelli (c. 1230–1276), born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy, was an Italian poet and 'founder' of the Dolce Stil Novo. He was the first to write in this new style of poetry writing, and thus is held to be the ipso facto founder.. Italian poet and 'founder' of the Dolce Stil Novo
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Grifo, Lionello

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Lionello Grifo (August 1934), Italian poet and writer, born in Rome in 1934 by parents who were both Italian government officials, nominated at the unanimity "Premio della Cultura 2004 della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri" (Prize for Culture 2004 from the Presidency of the Italian Ministries Council ) "for his outstanding, prestigious contribution to the field of Poetry ". He started his working life in the world of politics and the press. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences (Brussels, 1958) and has worked as a translator and interpreter in Luxembourg, Brussels and Geneva. After a second successful career in international marketing and consultancy he retired in 1982 for 15 years to Southern Spain to concentrate on his literary interests. He writes from the age of 17 but published his first book in 1980: "Sottovoce, parole in cerca di musica" (Whispering, words in search of music ), E.T.L., Turin. It was followed by "La Mia Poesia", Novograf, Murcia 1989 in Italian with English and Spanish translation, which was presented to the International Poetry Week Festival in San Francisco in 1989 and won the "Genti and Paesi" (People and Countries ) International Poetry Prize 1990; "Polglosem", Warszawa 1990, Polish translation with parallel text in Italian; "Sottovoce, poesia come musica" (Whispering, Poetry as Music )and "Sempre Sottovoce, poesia come vita" (Always whispering, Poetry as Life ), Fiorina, Sion 1992; "My Poetry", Book Guild, London 1993 in English and Spanish translation with parallel text in Italian; "Regazo susurrante de poesía", Universidad de Murcia 1997; "Tu che mi tacci di poeta impudico", MEF L'autore Libri, Florence 2004, which has been presented in June 2004 at the Italian Literature students at the University of Luxembourg with a lecture titled "50 years of Poetry: Elisir of Infinity". His work has been widely reviewed in UK and in the United States and translated by the italianists of the University of Stanford, California ; Warsaw University, Poland and Seville University, Spain. He has given poetry readings at American and European Universities. He is a lifelong member of Rome's Dante Alighieri Society. (source: [1] [ dead link ] with the permission of the author)
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Guidacci, Margherita

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Margherita Guidacci (April 25, 1921– June 19, 1992), was an Italian poet born in Florence, Italy. She graduated from the University of Florence in 1943 and traveled to England and Ireland in 1947.
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Porta, Carlo

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Carlo Porta (June 15, 1775 – January 5, 1821) was an Italian poet, the most famous writer in Milanese (the central dialect of the Western Lombard language ).
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Mameli, Goffredo

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Goffredo Mameli (September 5, 1827 - July 6, 1849) was an Italian patriot, poet and writer, and a notable figure in the Italian Risorgimento. He is also the author of the lyrics of the current Italian national anthem.. Italian patriot poet and writer
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Caro, Annibale

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Annibale Caro (1507-1566), Italian poet, was born at Civita Nuova, in Ancona, in 1507.
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Cavalcanti, Guido

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Guido Cavalcanti (between 1250 and 1259 – August 1300 ) was an Italian poet, as well as an intellectual influence on his best friend, Dante Alighieri.
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