Italian poet of the 13th century, senior representative of the Sicilian School, and notary at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, Jacopo is credited with the invention of the sonnet. It is thanks to his initiative the review in vernacular of the themes and forms of Provencal poetry thus initiating the beginning of the Italian lyric art.
The literary production of Jacopo da Lentini and the Sicilian School, focuses almost exclusively on love poem. The lyrics sing themes of love, in which the relationship between man and woman is typical of the courtly tradition.
His work includes 16 songs of various metrical pattern and 22 sonnets over a time span ranging, roughly, from 1233 to 1241. Jacopo’s poetry, originally written in literary Sicilian, only survives in Tuscan.
1. Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/biography/Giacomo-da-Lentini
2. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacomo_da_Lentini