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Giovanni Boccaccio

Italian author and poet
Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 - December 21, 1375) was an Italian author and poet.[1] He wrote several famous works, such as On Famous Women and the Decameron. Boccaccio was the first poet, who used ottava rima in longer poems.[2] Thus he started long tradition of employing this form in epic poems. Some of Geoffrey Chaucer's works were based on Boccaccio's poems.[3]

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