PetrarchFrancesco Petrarca (; July 20, 1304 – July 18/19, 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarca (), was an Italian scholar and poet during early Italian Renaissance who was one of the earliest humanists.
Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with inventing the 14th-century Renaissance and he is often considered the founder 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." Provided by Wikipedia
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