Marini, Or Marino, Glambattista, an Italian poet, born in Naples, Oct. 18. 1569, died there, March 25, 1625. He was driven from his home on account of his repugnance to the legal profession, and devoted himself to poetry under the influence of Tasso. The grand admiral. Prince Conca, made him his secretary, hut a love affair drove him from Naples, In Rome he found a patron in Cardinal Pietro Aldo-brandini, whom he accompanied to the court of Duke Charles Emanuel at Turin. His panegyric on the latter won for him the post of ducal secretary; but he wrote a satire against Murtola, a fellow secretary, who wrote a counter satire and attempted to shoot him; and on being released from prison at Marini's intercession, he ruined the latter by pointing out disparaging allusions to the duke in one of his poems. Marini was imprisoned, and recovered his liberty only through the intervention of Cardinal Gonzaga. He next went to Paris, to the court of Margaret of Valois, widow of Henry IV., and after her death he became a favorite and pensioner of Maria de' Medici. He returned to Italy in 1622, and was received with great enthusiasm at Pome, and elected prince of the academy of the Umoristi. His Adone (Paris, 162:); new and complete ed., 4 vols., London, 1789) was regarded as a masterpiece at the time of its publication, though full of mannerism and defects, and so licentious that its circulation was not permitted.
Among his other works are La stragt degli innocenti (Rome, 1633), and several exquisite sonnets. There was for a time a large class of imitators of his style, called Marinists.