Petrarch dedicated many poems to Laura, a woman he said to have fallen in love with at first sight. She is rumoured to be Laura de Noves and Petrarch first met her on Good Friday, 1327 in the church, Sainte-Claire d'Avignon.
Petrarch's love for Laura remained unrequited up until the rumoured date of her death, 21 years to the day of their first meeting.
The poems dedicated to Laura were collected together in Il Canzoniere. In these poems, Laura can be seen as a representation of idealised, unattainable love.