Venetian High Renassaince

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Venetian High Renaissance Women’s role in the literary scene of the Venetian High Renaissance greatly erupted in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Women eventually became the most educated citizens in the city and were referred to as, “honest courtesans.” (Pg. 624) Our textbook outlines how women, “dominated” the literary scene with their fierce ability to be, “both sexual and intellectual.” (Pg. 624) Although there were many great poets of the Venetian High Renaissance, I will limit this essay to analyzing the amazing poems of only four very influential poets of this time. I will discuss how Veronica Franco intelligently transforms courtly love into sexual metaphor. I will identify the missing elements of chivalry and courtly…show more content…
She believes that when men put down women, they are purely motivated by anger and envy. In her poem, Martinella talks about how if a man sees a woman as superior to him in any way, he results to torturing himself and is “consumed with envy.” (Pg. 626) She explains how men are unable to vent their emotions and the result is them attacking with a “sharp and biting tongue to false and specious vituperation and reproof.” (Pg. 626) Martinella insists that women are independent and should not be defined only in terms of men. Additionally, Laura Cereta, a very educated poet of the fifteenth century, wrote a poem called the ‘Defense of Liberal Instruction for Women,” which defends her own learning in response to one of her male critics that implied that her father wrote her letters. She believes in women’s free will in terms of the pursuit of knowledge. She too insisted that women should be allowed the same privileges as men, should they want them and she insists that women should be able to make their own choices. In conclusion, with the growing role of women in the Venetian High Renaissance came a plethora of influential poets including Veronica Franco, who masterly transforms the clichés’ of courtly love into bluntly sexual analogy in her poems. In addition, the same cynical approach to chivalry and courtly love is used by Ludovico Ariosto in his poem “Orlando Furioso,”

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