Literary Criticism of Giambattista Giraldi

The Italian dramatist, poet, and literary critic Giambattista Giraldi (1504–1573) was embroiled in a number of controversies. Like Dante, he spoke in favor of the use of vernacular languages and, as against the influential classical notions of literature deriving from Aristotle and Horace, he advocated a new genre, the romance, a lengthy narrative poem which combined… Read More Literary Criticism of Giambattista Giraldi

Literary Criticism of Giovanni Boccaccio

Though Boccaccio (1313–1375) wished to be known as a scholar, he is most widely known for his Decameron (1358), a collection of a hundred, sometimes bawdy, stories told by ten characters against the background of the bubonic plague that overtook Italy in 1348. Boccaccio also wrote allegorical poetry and romances which influenced Chaucer and Shakespeare.… Read More Literary Criticism of Giovanni Boccaccio

Literary Criticism of George Gascoigne

The poet and dramatist George Gascoigne (1542–1577) is credited with having written the first literary-critical essay in the English language, entitled Certayne Notes of Instruction concerning the making of verse or ryme in English. This essay appeared in a collection of Gascoigne’s works entitled The Posies of George Gascoigne, Esquire, corrected, perfected, and augmented by… Read More Literary Criticism of George Gascoigne

Literary Criticism of George Puttenham

A long and influential treatise entitled The Arte of English Poesie, published anonymously in 1589, is attributed to George Puttenham (1529–1590, though the evidence for this is not conclusive and continues to be argued by scholars. Puttenham was educated at Oxford and presented Queen Elizabeth I with his poem Partheniades in 1579. The Arte is… Read More Literary Criticism of George Puttenham