Jacopo Sannazaro

1457 - 1530

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

country of citizenship:  Kingdom of Naples
languages spoken, written or signed:  ItalianLatin
educated at:  Accademia Pontaniana
occupation:  poetwriter

Jacopo Sannazaro (Italian pronunciation: [ˈjaːkopo sannadˈdzaːro]; 28 July 1458 – 6 August 1530) was an Italian poet, humanist, member and head of the Accademia Pontaniana from Naples. He wrote easily in Latin, in Italian and in Neapolitan, but is best remembered for his humanist classic Arcadia, a masterwork that illustrated the possibilities of poetical prose in Italian, and instituted the theme of Arcadia, representing an idyllic land, in European literature. Sannazaro's elegant style was the inspiration for much courtly literature of the 16th century, including Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia. Source: Wikipedia (en)

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