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Giuseppe Giusti (1809–1850)

Giusti, Giuseppe (jös’tē). An Italian poet and political satirist; born in Monsummano, May 1809; died in Florence, March 31, 1850. His maiden masterpiece was the ‘Dies Iræ,’ on the death of the Emperor Francis I.,—a poem in which a mockery of woe blends tellingly with sarcasm. He worked this vein the next ten years, as ‘The Boot,’ ‘The Crowned,’ and ‘The Investiture of a Knight’ demonstrate. These and the satires written from 1847 to 1849, as well as ‘The Papacy of Little Peter,’ evince genius. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).