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Dantes Beatrice and Petrarchs Laura Dante Alighieris Beatrice and Francesco Petrarcas Laura influenced the lives and writings of these two great authors Francesco Petrarca better known to the literary world as Petrarch met the woman who would become the driving force behind his writing on Good Friday April 6 1327 In a Church of Santa Chiara in Avignon Petrarch first lay eyes on Laura de Sade wife of Hugues de Sade Jerrold 19 Though her existence has been doubted most critics agree that the evidence supports the idea that such powerful words must have had a living breathing inspiration When putting together Petrarchs Laura and Laura de Sade one notices similarities such as the same name suitable age wealth illnesses and frequent childbirths and the burial in a Franciscan church Petrarchs Laura dies April 6 1348 Laura de Sade made her will April 3 and died of plague shortly after Plague commonly killed in three days Bishop 65 Lauras wonderful beauty is certain as is the fact that the poet felt a certain passion for it Jerrold 20 She is described mostly in Petrarchs Italian poems however the descriptions of her beauty are never very detailed and specific Her hair was golden her complexion snowy with ebony eyelashes and black eyes Her mouth was angelic full of pearls and roses From that mouth came a sweet voice singing thrillingly Laura being of noble birth was fond of finery especially twined pearls and gems in her hair She wore then rare and costly silk gloves and was captivated by her own beauty Bishop 63 Petrarch regarded her mirror as his chief rival and warned his love of the fate of Narcissus Bishop 64 From the year 1327 the poets life is colored by his love and his actions motives and decisions cannot be understood apart from it Jerrold 20 In order to appreciate his work one must become acquainted with its subject matter Laura is the
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