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Parini, Giuseppe

Parini, Giuseppe jo͞ozĕp´pā pärē´nē [key], 1729–99, Italian poet, a priest and teacher. He was a professor and a superintendent of schools in Milan a liberal, Parini became (1796) a government official in the Napoleonic occupation. Best known of his verse is The Day (4 parts, 1763–1804 tr. 1927), a mock-didactic poem that satirizes the arrogance and depravity of the nobility. Parini's style was polished and reminiscent of classical Latin he was widely emulated during the national revival. He also wrote lyrics, a drama, critical essays, and dialogues.

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