American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Tasso, Torquato 1544-1595. Italian poet who wrote the epic Jerusalem Delivered (1581), an account of the capture of the city during the First Crusade.
- n. Italian poet who wrote an epic poem about the capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade (1544-1595)
“After translating the main works of Tasso from the Italian for the benefit of his countrymen, one of their poets -- Gundulitch -- composed a twenty-canto epic entitled Osman, wherein he described the war between the Poles and Turks in 1621.”
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“He therefore very happily calls Tasso an elevated Werther.”
“There he met a friend called Tasso, who had also quarrelled with his parents; and the two youths agreed, upon the moment, to set off for Rome.”
“Just below is a terrace, and on it a beautiful tree called Tasso's Oak, because under it he used to sit and compose when he lived in the Convent of San Onofrio, which is close by, and where he died.”
“Fairfax's _Godfrey of Bullen_ was his translation of Tasso, which is mentioned above.”
“The whole spot, in short, is such as Tasso might have imagined to be the scene of Ismeno's incantation, and the congress of devils whom he convoked; and at a sudden turn of the road, the Château Negro peeps from between the opposite heights in such a new and striking position, as to seem, without much stretch of imagination, the abode of the wizard himself.”
“He also compares him to a 'bonus genius sent to me, as the good angel to Raimond in "Tasso," for my assistant to combat this great Argante.”
“The water, foaming and flashing, and then escaping amid huge gray stones on its troubled course -- clear and transparent, expanding into tranquil pools, with the flickering sunshine through the dense foliage -- all combine to form at scene such as Tasso has described.”
“It was only in the nineteenth century, after Zhukovski and Batyushkoff had translated into Russian some of the world's great masterpieces, such as Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered and Homer's Odyssey, that Pushkin wrote (1820) the epic Ruslan and Lyudmila, drawing the materials therefore from Russian antiquity and from popular legends.”
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