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Along with Dante and Boccaccio, Petrarch is considered to be one of Italy’s three greatest writers. His influence as a love poet is universal. Through the development of the sonnet form, the creation of a fiction of narrative development and a unifying and focalizing persona, the revivifying of classical tropes, and the pervading themes of love, nature, and time, Petrarch, in the Canzoniere, establishes himself as one of the first major writers of the Renaissance. He also provides a model for much of the poetry of the succeeding centuries, at least into the seventeenth century.

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