Pietro Aretino/1

Pietro Aretino was born on 20 April 1492, in Arezzo, Republic of Florence (Italy). He was a distinguished poet, prose writer and playwright, now recognized as the prototype of the professional author, able to gain fame and wealth through publication.
His flatterers praised him as a “divine” writer, while his activity as a biting commentator on men and events earned him the title of “scourge of princes”, as also recalled by Ludovico Ariosto in his romance epic “Orlando furioso” (1516), where he wrote:

… here is the scourge
of the princes, the divine Pietro Aretino.

Three quotes:

Even when they rails against me, I acquire fame.

What do I need more? With a goose quill and a few sheets of paper I mock the universe.

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.

… to be continued

Pietro Aretino, (nato il 20 aprile 1492 ad Arezzo, Repubblica di Firenze) fu poeta, prosatore e drammaturgo, oggi riconosciuto come il prototipo dell’autore professionista, in grado di acquisire fama e ricchezza attraverso la pubblicazione.

Dai suoi adulatori fu chiamato “divino”, appellativo che gli piacque e di cui si fregiò, mentre per la sua attività di commentatore mordace degli uomini e degli eventi fu definito “flagello dei principi” , come ricorda anche Ludovico Ariosto nell’ “Orlando furioso” (1516) dove scrisse:

… ecco il flagello
de’ principi, il divin Pietro Aretino.

Tre citazioni;

Anche quando si inveisce contro di me, guadagno rinomanza.

Di cosa ho bisogno di più? Con una penna d’oca e qualche foglio di carta derido l’universo.

Io sono, davvero, un re, perché io so come governare me stesso.

Image: Tiziano – Portrait of Pietro Aretino -1537 circa 

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89 thoughts on “Pietro Aretino/1

  1. A writer is always a king . So was the hero of your beautiful blog , Pietro Aretino , a poet , a prose writer and a playwright . He who knows how to rule over himself is a King of excellent order . The best King is he who writes well . Be it an order or a book . All the three quotes of Pietro Aretino are superb . Thanks !

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  2. Wow. The three quotes are out of this world! They are too good and indicate self-confidence. Very beautiful and very interesting. 😊😊♥️♥️. Always looking forward for your posts.

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  3. So great Author ,king ,so powerful photo to view 🌷🙏♥️ As a King he ruling Florence state and
    as an Author ,Poet also 👍🏻🌷The King’s life time the country was paradise 👏😍A Special Tribute
    To this great King Pietro Aretino/1 🌷🙏🌷Thank you for sharing so inspiring story of A great Author ✍️ 🤴

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      1. Thank you so much for this lovely reply message 🌷🙏♥️
        Now I understand , King his imagination only 👍🏻😊
        Anyway his writings most welcome and worth only 👏🌷🙏
        Grace Wishes my dear friend 🙏💕🖖

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  4. An interesting personality…. And a writer as well, ‘divine’ to speak. I love these quotes by him especially the last one. Thank you Luisa for bringing these unknown writers in front of us, which not only enhances the knowledge of literature enthusiasts like me, but also acts as an ode to these writers.
    P. S. Is the second language Spanish?? Hope to learn it some day. Seems awfully appealing. 😀

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  5. Pietro Aretino è noto sia come poeta satirico ma anche come poeta erotico. È stato il tipico prototipo del cortigiano, figlio della sua epoca. Egli scrisse di sè “Mi dicono ch’io sia figlio di cortigiana; ciò non mi torna male; ma tuttavia ho l’anima di un re. Io vivo libero, mi diverto, e perciò posso chiamarmi felice”.
    Il primo aforisma lo descrive perfettamente.

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