Giovanni Pascoli

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Pascoli, Giovanni


Born Dec. 31, 1855, in San Mauro, in the region of Romagna; died Apr. 6, 1912, in Bologna. Italian poet.

As a young man, Pascoli was attracted to socialism, but he soon abandoned politics. In 1906 he occupied the chair of Italian literature at the University of Bologna. Such collections as Tamarisks (1891), Songs of Castelvecchio (1903), and First Poems (1904) crystallized Pascoli’s chief traits as an artist: a poeticizing of everyday life, new impressionistic rhythms, a vivid awareness of nature, and direct expression of feeling. Many of his poems appealed for “Christian socialism” and for the brotherhood of man in the face of an impending war. Pascoli’s attempts to retreat from reality into a world of memories often led him to introduce decadent motifs and obscure symbolism into his work. In Songs of King Enzio (1908) and Italian Poems (1911) he celebrated Italian history.


Poemi conviviali, 2nd ed. Bologna, 1910.
Poesie. Milan [1940].


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