Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) is the poet who best expresses the ideals of the Renaissance; his major work, "Orlando Furioso", recounts in verse different and fanstastic adventures of Medieval knights and their lady loves, but the traditional chivalric style is just a pretext for an imaginative pageant of duels and battles, incredible journeys, monsters and sorcerers, enchanted castles, friendship and love, betrayal and deceit, narrated at an unflagging pace in a dazzling style that transports the listener to that half-world between dream and reality. Torquato Tasso's (1544-1595) works are the most representative of the post-Tridentine period with its realization of Man's ephemerality after the Renaissance belief in his strength. In his major work, "Gerusalemme liberata", the feudal, courtly world is described through the fantastically dramatic adventures of the characters, and love is treated as the temptation of a purely earthly happiness in conflict with religious spirituality. Content: LUDOVICO ARIOSTO da "Orlando Furioso": Proemio; La pazzia di Orlando; Astolfo sulla luna. TORQUATO TASSO da " Gerusalemme Liberata ": Dedica; Erminia fra i pastori; La morte di Clorinda.