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The Canzoniere and the Triumphs of Petrarch are as full of fascination for the scholar as they are rich in enjoyment for the lover of poetry. Their fascination for the scholar is due largely to the fact that each of these two great works reveals itself as the product of a long process of growth: a process perhaps not quite complete in the case of the Canzoniere, and certainly very far from complete in the case of the Triumphs.