He is considered to be the leading humanist of the fifteenth century, destined for even greater literary glory if the scythe of death had not cut him by the age of forty years. Born in Montepulciano in 1454 and raised at the Medici Court in Florence, he was one of the leading poets of Italian humanity. Angelo Ambrogini (Poliziano), a prodigal boy of his time, wrote a lot and his production includes an unfinished poem (the Giant’s Rooms dedicated to Giuliano de ‘Medici). The work remains unfinished due to the death of its recipient Giuliano dè Medici, killed in 1478 in the conspiracy ordered by the family of the Pazzi. As a Latin writer, he has written works of history, critical and philological collections.
THE BIRTH OF VENUS – Of august gold-wreathed and beautiful, Aphrodite I shall sing to whose domain belong the battlements of all sea-loved Cyprus where, blown by the moist breath of Zephyros, she was carried over the waves of the resounding sea on soft foam. The gold-filleted Horae happily welcomed her and clothed her with heavenly raiment.
The work remains unfinished due to the death of its recipient Giuliano de’ Medici, killed in 1478 in the conspiracy ordered by the family of the Pazzi. The Rooms for the Carousel, a poem divided into two books written for a praise, celebrated the victory of a “carousel” (a duel on horseback, in which one had to disarrange the opponent). For this purpose, Angelo Poliziano has created an allegorical poem where to place his philosophical conceptions. The story follows the path of a young scorner of love, devoted to hunting. Cupid, he plans a plan to make him fall in love. During a hunt, a white horn appears to the protagonist, which he pursues to a flowering meadow, where the animal disappears. In his place, the young woman sees a woman, Simonetta, whom she falls in love with.
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