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Petrarch The adage:

            The analysis of the work by Petrarch can be equalized with the Augustinian Epic. This does not imply the theory behind these poems but to the exploitation of the spiritual ascent of Augustine to God. Petrarch is chastised for the earthly connections with issues like Luara and the poetic crown of Laurea, preventing him from focusing his eyes on spiritual growth leading to heaven. Petrarch makes a promise to Augustine to abandon his illegal affection to Luara. However, he fails to keep this promise but it is shown that the poet is unable to reject his love for Laura as well as his disposition to love basely. Eventually, Petrarch fails to surrender to the demand of Augustine to abandon the present literary works.

 Despite the abandoning his love for Laura, he does not leave the project to celebrate the memorable actions of his ancestors, particularly those of Scipio Africanus. The poem’s unfinished status shows the compliance of Petrarch to the demands of Augustine. Petrarch’s epic is a spiritual metaphor of a journey to salvation. Petrarch gives an epic that tries to test the power of reason and the strength of someone’s faith.

 De Navarre and the Heptameron:

Amador has hidden feelings that are hidden from other participants. The full intentions of Amador are kept secret until the end of the tale. We are told that when he looks at Florida, he is moved with joy and was unable to speak a lot; his behavior portrays the how the excitement makes him speechless, though Florida does not see that. Amador was married to Florida’s close friend as a means for becoming close to Florida and gaining her trust. He also tries to win the confidence of her mother (Relihan, & Stanivukovic, 2004).

 Florida had some guilt concerning the fulfillment of carnal desires. Florida is somewhat suspicious; she perceives something extreme in his character that she has to make a high flown speech. This is done after making him aware that he now has what appears to be asking for, which is trust and favor.

In this episode, there is interference of daughter by mother. This is seen when Florida is married off such that, on meeting Amador she tells him that she did it against her will hence she still love him. This shows how her life was interfered with by her mother.

In this tale, there are numerous occurrences of concealing feelings as well as scheme manipulations calling for deliberate lies. This shows the anxiety of being known and dishonored. There is gross disbelief in the story and characters holding one another with suspicion.


            Kabir brought about revolution with his work. He is seen as a principled man who was practicing what he said. Kabir was vehemently against tyranny. Kabir was a pillar of the society as he educated the society dwellers on what was expected of them. He taught the people though what he wrote and what he did. His works portray him as a man of high integrity and a man who upheld high social norms.

Kabir acted as a teacher and social reformer through his writings. He had a strong belief in Nath sampradaya, Vaishnavism, Sufism, and Vedanta. He was applying the knowledge that he had gained through different difference life experiences. He always pursued truth hence he was not held back by anything. He shows a strong religious affiliation. The poetry of Kabir gives a reflection he had to life. The writings had a basis on karma and reincarnation. He shows a staunch faith the oneness of God concept. The main idea he portrayed was that whether one chanted Muslim God or Hindu God, the fact remained that there is only one God who created the beautiful world.



Relihan, C.C. & Stanivukovic, G.V. (2004) Prose fiction and early modern sexualities in England, 1570-1640, 1st Edition, London: Palgrave Macmillan 


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