Torquato Tasso

Torquato Tasso

Born: March 11, 1544

Died: April 25, 1595

Nationality: Italian

Occupation: Poet

Biography: Torquato Tasso was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem La Gerusalemme liberata, in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem. He suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by the Pope.

Source/Notes: Variant: "Lost is all the Time that is not spent on love" From: "L'Aminta: Di Torquato Tasso, Favola Boscherecchia. Taffo's Aminta, A Pastoral Comedy in English and Italian" (Oxford, 1726) , Act I, Scene I
Source/Notes: In Italian: "Non Merita nome di creatore, se non Iddio ed il Poeta". As quoted in Shelley's work: "Shelley's Poetry and Prose: Authoritative Texts, Criticism", edited by Donald Reiman and Sharon Powers (1977). Actually Shelley is not quoting the original words of Tasso, but the substance of Tasso's work "Discorsi del Poema Eroico" (1594)

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Source/Notes: Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered: Or Godfrey of Bulloign: An Heroic Poem (J. Purser, 1749), p. 230, Book the Tenth, XX

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