Giacomo Leopardi

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Birthday
29, 1798
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jun 14, 1837 (38)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
29, 1798
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jun 14, 1837 (38)

About

Italian poet and author known for a prose masterpiece entitled Operette Morali, as well as for starkly beautiful, despair-driven poems. His best-known poems include "Alla sua donna," "Risorgimento," and "A Silvia."

Before Fame

He was a bright child whose knowledge quickly surpassed that of his tutors. By age sixteen, he was fluent in both Greek and Latin.

Trivia

His pessimistic works reflect a lonely life in which his romantic attachments -- including a secret love for his married cousin -- remained unrequited.

Family Life

He was born to an Italian count in the papal town of Recanati.

Associated With

He and Pietro Metastasio were both renowned Italian poets.