Brief review of 'Orlando Furioso' by Ludovico Ariosto

Brief review of 'Orlando Furioso' by Ludovico Ariosto


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Today we bring you a brief review of 'Orlando Furioso', by Ludovico Ariosto, a work that, strictly speaking, offers a title that has little to do with the work. Roldan or Orlando is one of many protagonists who interact, and whose stories are constantly intertwined in and out of history.

Additionally it is not considered a poem, rather in a series of many poems where there is no continuous line, which makes it for many, a work not extremely confusing, not only for us today but also for the poets of the Renaissance, causing consternation among the great poets of the moment.

What Yes we can identify it is a constant struggle between different religious beliefsSuch is the case of battles between Christian heroes with the Moors.

Particular themes in ‘Orlando Furioso’

The main theme of these poems is love, Angelica being the main character and the secondary character would be for Orlando. In one of these acts, Angelica the Beautiful has allowed herself to commit a lowdown against Meodor. This caused him to go mad, kill other shepherds and destroy farms and animals in his wake, along with other atrocities worthy of a tragic novel of his own.

The House d’Este, adding endless adventures and mischiefs that seem even cartoonish, such as the frolic of a queen with a chubby-looking dwarf, complementing it with incessant ironies such as the expression of Angelica who remained still chaste and virgin despite her countless adventures .

This work is very successful, being published several versions with minor modifications, being on one occasion named "Prose on the Vulgar languagedue to its high content of fables and wild stories, but at the same time so extravagant that they attract a wide variety of avid readers to this masterful collection of poems very much in the Tuscan style.


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