Torquato Tasso
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"Torquato Tasso" was an Italy/Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, 1581 in literature/1581), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem (1099)/siege of Jerusalem. He suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be Poet laureate/crowned as the king of poets by Clement VIII/the Pope. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Tasso remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe.

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