Lodovico Ariosto, 1474-1533

Biographical note

Italian poet, best known as the author of the romantic epic poem Orlando Furioso [1516].

The poem, a continuation of Matteo Maria Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato, describes the adventures of Charlemagne, Orlando, and the Franks as they battle against the Saracens with diversions into many side plots. Ariosto composed the poem in the ottava rima rhyme scheme and introduced narratorial commentary throughout the work.

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