Pindemonte, Giovanni

Pindemonte, Giovanni

 

Born Dec. 4, 1751, in Verona; died there Jan. 23, 1812. Italian poet and playwright.

The son of an aristocrat, Pindemonte participated in the French Revolution, which he glorified in revolutionary-classical odes. He was a member of the government of the Cisalpine Republic, to which he dedicated a sonnet in 1797. In his poetry he praised Napoleon, whom he saw as Italy’s liberator. His heroic-patriotic tragedies Bacchanalia (1788), Guinevere of Scotland (1796), Orso Ipato (1797), and Elena and Gerardo (1799) are written in the style of V. Alfieri.

WORKS

Componimenti teatrali, vols. 1-2 [2nd ed.]. Milan, 1827.
Poesie e lettere, raccolte e illustrate da Giuseppe Biadego. Bologna, 1883.

REFERENCES

Pugliesi, C. G. Pindemonte, nella letteratura e nella storia del suo tempo. Rome, 1905.
Petrucciani, M. G. Pindemonte nella crisi della tragedia. Florence, 1966.
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