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Rustico di Filippo

and the Florentine Lyric Tradition


Joan H. Levin

Rustico di Filippo, a Florentine poet of the generation before Dante, is known by and large as a poet of the jocose, or humorous, tradition. We tend not to know that Rustico was a major exponent of traditional love poetry.
Unlike traditional literary history, this study relates Rustico to his contemporaries: Guittone d'Arezzo, Chiaro Davanzati, Monte Andrea and others. It also examines his influence on poets of the next generation: Dante Alighieri, Guido Cavalcanti and Cecco Angiolieri. By reading Rustico within the mainstream of the Italian lyric tradition, we begin to see him as a major poet.
Contents: This book studies the love and jocose sonnets of Rustico di Filippo in relation to the poetry of his contemporaries and successors, and argues that he was a major poet of the generation before Dante.