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Observations on 'Part Two' of Torquato Tasso's 'Rime' (1593): the Opening Poems

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Keywords: Torquato Tasso; Rime (1593); Petrarchism; Macrostructure; Climactic Strategy; Encomiastic Poems.

The essay deals with 'Part Two' of Torquato Tasso's lyric poems as published by the author himself in 1593. After an introductory section analysing the collection as a whole and its connections with the other books of Tasso's poems, it focuses on the opening triptych of sonnets dedicated to Barbara Sanseverino, Countess of Sala, by pointing out the climactic strategy chosen by Tasso to introduce the reader to his collection of encomiastic poems.

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