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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.[1]

His poetry was originally written in literary Sicilian, though it only survives in Tuscan. His poetry, which was an adaptation to Italian of the Proven├žal poetry of the troubadours, concerns courtly, chivalrous love. As with other poets of the time, he corresponded often with fellow poets, circulating poems in manuscript and commenting on others; one of his main correspondents was Pier della Vigna.[2] Some of his sonnets were produced in tenzone, a collaborative form of poetry writing in which one poet would write a sonnetana and another would respond, likewise in a sonnet; da Lentini cooperated in this manner with the Abbot of Tivoli.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giacomo Da Lentini."
  2. ^ Ploom 108.
  3. ^ Bondanella 255, 551.
  4. ^ Kleinhenz 62-64.