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    (July 20, 1304-July 19, 1374)
    Birth name is Francesco Petrarca
    Wrote poetry collections ‘Canzoniere' and ‘Trionfi'
    Wrote prose works ‘Secretum,' ‘De Viris Illustribus,' ‘De Vita Solitaria,'
    ‘De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae' and ‘Itinerarium'
    Poet Laureate of Rome
    He angered his father by neglecting his law studies in favor of poetry.
    He had a lifelong obsession with a mysterious married woman named Laura.
    He took holy orders so he would have enough leisure time to read and write.
    He fathered two illegitimate children.
    He disliked the French.
    His numerous Latin writings are mostly forgotten.
    His poetic style was satirized in the sixteenth century by William Shakespeare.
    His father burned several of his beloved classical books.
    He refused to practice law partially because he believed it was a dishonest profession.
    He was skeptical about astrology and alchemy.
    He revived interest in the Greek and Roman classics.
    He refined and popularized the Italian sonnet that greatly influenced future poetry.
    He encouraged the rulers of his time to be compassionate towards the needy.
    He may have been the first European to climb a mountain for sport.
    Laura and his son Giovanni died of the plague.

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