Summary of Ariosto L

Summary of Ariosto L

Ludovico Ariosto (Italian Ludovico Ariosto, September 8, 1474, Reggio nel Emilia – July 6, 1533, Ferrara) is the famous Italian poet and playwright of the Renaissance.
Father Ludoviko saw his son as a lawyer, but the young man did not find inspiration in jurisprudence and devoted himself to the study of classical literature. He learned the forms and dimensions of Roman poetry so well that he could easily write any poems in Latin. The poem “Carmen Epithalamium”, written in Latin on the occasion of the marriage of the Duke of Alphonse I with Lucrezia Borgia, placed the courtyard to the young poet, and in 1503 he entered the service of Cardinal Hippolytus d’Este, brother of the Duke of Alphonse. Ariosto was in charge of organizing various court festivals.
In 1522, Ariosto became governor of Garfagnana. Returning, he built himself a small house with a garden and vegetable garden, where he lived for the rest of his life with his beloved Alessandra Benucci (ca. 1481-1552). She came from the Florentine merchant family, was the wife of Tito di Leonardo Strozzi (cousin of the poet Tito Vespasiano Strozzi), gave birth to six children. Relations with Ariosto began in 1513, but even after the death of her husband (1515), they continued to remain secret. Marriage with Ariosto (1528) was also secret (which was explained by Alessandra’s desire to preserve the rights to the inheritance of the first husband). Ariosto, for his part, never mentioned the name of his beloved and his wife in his writings.


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Summary of Ariosto L