Beatriz Portinari

Antonia became nun with the name of Beatrice Sister It is indicated to us, that was educated in house and that studied Tuscan poetry of Guittone de Arezzo and Bonagiunta Orbicciani. Then, the Sicilian School (Sicilian poetic Scuola), a cultural group of Sicily, captivated to Dante. Their centers of took it to interest to know juglares Wins and the Latin culture. Also its devotion was made evident towards Virgilio. In addition it studied the Italian vernacular language, the Latin (the frank language of that time), the Proven1cal one, and in fact it inserted some verses in this language in the Purgatorio. It is necessary to indicate that in the Average Age the fall of the Roman Empire left a dozen of small States, so that Sicily was remote cultural and politically of Tuscan, as this one were it of Wins: the regions did not share the same language nor the same culture and the mass media were difficult. When she was 9 years old found Beatriz Portinari, daughter of Folco Portinari, with which one fell in love at first sight, and apparently without still to have spoken to him. Frequently saw it after the 18 years, often interchanged greetings in the street, but he himself with effectiveness never got to know it proposed the example for the supposed courteous Love well.

It is difficult to understand what this love included/understood in fact, but something extremely important for the Italian culture happened. It was in the name of this love that Dante gave to its impression to the stil Dolce nuovo that would influence to writers and poets to discover the subject of the Love, that before so it had been accentuated never. The love by Beatriz, apparently, was the reason of its poetry and its life, along with its political passions. When Beatriz died in 1290, Dante tried to find a refuge in Latin Literature.

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