Guarini, (Giovanni) Battista
- Barbara Russano Hanning
(b Ferrara, Italy, late 1538; d Venice, Italy, Oct 7, 1612). Italian lyric and dramatic poet, diplomat, and courtier. He was one of the poets most responsible for the pastoral vogue that captivated the European imagination in the late 16th century and persisted virtually until the French Revolution. He was also perhaps the poet whose verses were most frequently set by Italian madrigalists and monodists in the late 16th and early 17th centuries....