Ludovico Ariosto Biography
(Italian Poet Best Known for His Romance Epic Poem ‘Orlando Furioso’)
Birthday: September 8, 1474 (Virgo)
Born In: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ludovico Ariosto was a well-known neo Latin poet born in the fifteenth century Italy. He is especially remembered for his epic poem ‘Orlando Furioso’, which is considered to be the finest example of literature of that period. Although he was initially forced to study law Ariosto’s first love had always been literature and he showed inclination towards poetry early in his life. He was a man of simple taste and would have been happy leading a simple life devoted to literature. However, sudden death of his father forced him to take up position in Cardinal Ippolito d’Este’s household. His life there was certainly at odds with his simple nature; yet he found time to compose literary pieces like ‘La Cassaria’ and ‘Orlando Furioso’. He continued the pursuit even when he was working as a diplomat and later as governor. Unlike his predecessors, Ariosto’s works emphasized more on the strength of human being rather than gods. He also coined the term ‘humanism’ and emphasized the value of human beings. However, he was not an atheist; but was a great believer of providence. His famous quotes ‘For rarely man escapes his destiny’ and ‘Man proposes God disposes’ are equally popular in modern time.