A Lifetime of Mourning: Francesco Petrarca as a Melancholic Griever

Meghan Casey

Abstract


Using Kubler-Ross’ grief paradigm, this paper works to understand Francesco Petrarca’s Il canzoniere as a work of grief. Petrarca’s narcissistic tendencies and melancholia regarding love characterize the poet as a melancholic griever, as described by Freud. Drawing on the five stages (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance), this work demonstrates how Petrarca was a melancholic griever who did not find solace before his death. In short, this paper works to better understand the psychology of grief behind the Italian poet’s great collection.

Keywords


Francesco Petrarca; Il canzoniere; Freud; grief; Kubler-Ross

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