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Persons who utter verses impromptu. The art was introduced by Petrarch, and is still a favourite amusement of the Italians. The most celebrated are:

Accolti (Bernardo), of Arezzo, called the “Unico Aretiʹno” (1465–1535).

Antoniano (Silvio). Eighteenth century.

Aquilano (Serafiʹno), of Aquila (1466–1500).

Bandettini. (See Improvisatrix.)

Beronicius (P. J.), who could convert extempore, into Greek or Latin verse, a Dutch newspaper or anything else (died 1676).

Christoforo, surnamed Altissimo, an Italian (1514).

Corilla. (See Improvisatrix.)

Glanni (Francis). An Italian, made imperial poet by Napoleon, whose victories he celebrated in verse (1759–1824).

Jehan (Núr): (See Improvisatrix.)

Karschin (Anna Louisa). (See Improvisatrix.)

Marone (Andreas). An Italian (1474–1527).

Metastasio (P. A. D. B.), of Assisi, who developed, at the age of ten, a great talent for extemporising in verse (1698–1782).

Perfetti (Bernardino), of Sienna, who received a laurel crown in the capital, an honour conferred only on Petrarch and Tasso (1681–1747).

Querno (Camillo). An Italian (1470–1528).

Rossi. Beheaded at Naples in 1799.

Serafino. (See above, Aquilano.)

Sestini (Bartolomeo). An Italian (died 1822).

Sgricci (Tommaso), of Tuscany (1788–1832). His Death of Charles I., Death of Mary Queen of Scots, and Fall of Missolonghi, are very celebrated.

Taddei (Rosa). (See Improvisatrix.)

Zucco (Marco Antonio, of Verona (died 1764).

⁂ To these add Ciccionl, Bindocci, the brothers Clerc of Holland, Wolf of Altŏna, Langenschwarz of Germany, Eugène de Pradel of France, and our own Thomas Hood (1798–1845).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Imperial (An)
Imperium in Imperio
Imponderables (Latin, things without weight)
Imposition of Hands
Improve the Occasion (To)
Improvisatrix or Improvisatrice
In Cæna Domini
In Commendam (Latin)
In Esse (Latin)
In Extenso (Latin)
In Extremis
In Fieri
In Flagrante Delicto
In for a Penny in for a Pound
In for It