Torquato Tasso
Tasso’s Aminta was considered an exquisitely lyrical masterpiece and launched the poet’s reputation. Its central conceit of Love as a driving, overpowering force of nature remains relevant to this day, and its rare lyricism and charming simplicity create an unsurpassed example of the Renaissance ideal. Aminta’s importance through the years cannot be overestimated, inspiring over 200 plays by 1700, and many assert its influence on English literature may be found in the works of Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton.
Tasso died in Rome in 1595 shortly before he was to be crowned poet laureate by the Pope.
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