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Secretum can be seen as an attempt by Petrarch to reconcile his Renaissance humanism and admiration of the classical world with his Christian faith. This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat My Petrrarca Book by Francesco Petrarca.

Augustine is certain he knows what the root petrarc the problem is: I’ve already been thinking of running away, but I’m not quite sure which way is best to go. Augustine — with Truth hovering by their sides, passing: I never heard anything more absurd” and, yes, ‘Come off it, please! Il mio segreto – Italia. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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What use was all that reading? The dialogue opens with Augustine chastising Petrarch for ignoring his own mortality and his fate in the afterlife by not devoting himself fully to God. Augustine sees as the be-all and end-all, and even as Petrarch is of course dimly aware of it, St.

Augustine is annoyed by Petrarch’s silly, endless Laura-obsession, and, as he dryly points out: So while still stuck on earth, man should really get his act together and focus on death and what happens then.


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I must say with all due respect that you have gone seriously astray by exhausting yourself in the effort to write books, particularly at your age. Mon secret – France. I would prefer to be some inert stone than to be tormented by so many stirrings of the flesh.

And then there’s all that book-writing when he could have been contemplating death!

Augustine’s plea that he: Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Here, more obviously, Petrarch is talking with himself, wondering about how he has spent his life and whether those ambitious projects — unfinished, in some cases, still — were really worth it.

Instead, it is an imagined dialogue between Petrarch and St. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Very rarely, and then so sluggishly that your thoughts do not penetrate to the depths of your predicament.

Augustine does touch on a few more relevant, petracra concerns — as in the nicely expressed: He’s as concerned with posterity, and with having lived a full, rich life while still a simple mortal man, not too concerned yet with what becomes of his soul or whatever it is that takes the next steps.

Who can adequately describe the boredom and daily unpleasantness of my life, and the gloomiest and most turbulent city of any land, the pwtrarca and lowest sewer swollen with the filth of the whole world?

Petrarch’s Secret; or, the Soul’s Conflict with Passion by Francesco Petrarca

Petrarch’s sonnet form was prized by English poets as an alternative to English poet William Shakespeare’s sonnet form. There’s a nice interplay not only with Petrarch’s own words and work, but also others, quoted and referred to.


He studied the classics in France and continued his education at the University of Bologna in Italy. So I don’t reflect upon death? Lang- Fiction – pages. Petrarch concedes that this lack of piety is the source of his unhappiness, but he insists that he cannot overcome it. And Petrarch doesn’t seem to get the import of this. Augustine does have a way of bringing everything back to death again But let’s move on.

Augustine prone to broad-sweeping solutions left and right without really thinking through the implications — most notably about that whole death-obsession, but also even just in casual asides: If whenever you think of death you are not disturbed, you will know that your thoughts have been useless, as if you had been thinking of something else.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views Read Edit View history. From inside the book. Mortal life comes to an end! The most important classical Greek heroes were believed to suffer from a physical, mental, and spiritual illness shown negatively to alter their general state of being.