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As a result, the vast majority of Renaissance writers in Italy and beyond wrote in their native tongues. This shift had consequences that went far beyond the literary world. The language of Dante became the official language of many Italian states, and it helped to develop a national consciousness during the High Renaissance in particular, which is evident in the works of Machiavelli.
==Dante's literary influence ====
Dante was a literary giant, and he was a decisive impact on succeeding Italian Renaissance writers. He was a great admirer of the Sicilian School, and he helped to popularize their most important style of verse, the sonnet. Dante himself wrote many great sonnets often on the subject of his beloved Beatrice.<ref>Whiting, Mary Bradford. Dante the Man and the Poet. (Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, 1922), p 49</ref>
Dante also helped to popularize the themes of Provencal poetry in Italy. This type of poetry was written in what is now Provence in south-west France. Provencal troubadours celebrated chivalry and especially courtly love. This style of poetry
that celebrated an unattainable love and was very influential in the Renaissance in Italy. Dante’s work did much to spread the ideas of ‘courtly love’ across Europe form the 14th to the 16th century.
====Dante and humanism====