Petrarch Essay | Humanism and Petrarch

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Humanism and Petrarch

Summary: Two of Francesco Petrarch's works, Secretum, or "My Secret," and De Vita Solitaria, or "Solitary Life," share the common theme of humanism.
Humanism is associated with the rediscovery of classical Roman and Grecian literature, art, and the civilization. The works Secretum, My Secret, and De Vita Solitaria, Solitary Life, are two of Francesco Petrarch's works that have a common theme of humanism throughout them. Secretum, My Secret, is a collection of three imaginary conversations between Petrarch and St. Augustine that talk about the presence of Lady Truth. The book is a secret one because it is ."..intended for private meditation..." He kept it to himself for the remainder of his days. The book shows his depression and inner crisis, which is resolved by Augustine's counseling and the reminiscence of his readings Virgil, Ovid, and Augustine's Confessions. Petrarch also gives himself a self-evaluation by examining his faith with Augustine. "Augustine tells Petrarch that he is ignoring his morality and his fate in the after-life by not devoting himself fully to...

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