Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo

Guicciardini' «History of Italy»: a stylistic and conceptual phenomenon

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Keywords: Rhetoric; Dittologies; Political Writers of Italian Renaissance.

The frequency of couples (or dittologies) is one of the stylistic phenomena which are more characteristic for Guicciardini's prosa in his "History of Italy". This paper proposes a typology of such couples, which are then described and illustrated by examples from Guicciardini's work. The main types are: 1. (almost) synonymic couples; 2. rhetorical couples; 3. couples of elements proceeding from general to particular; 4. couples of elements proceeding from particular to general; 5. couples whose elements are semantically marked.

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