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.
WORKSComponimenti teatrali, vols. 1-2 [2nd ed.]. Milan, 1827.
Poesie e lettere, raccolte e illustrate da Giuseppe Biadego. Bologna, 1883.
REFERENCESPugliesi, C. G. Pindemonte, nella letteratura e nella storia del suo tempo. Rome, 1905.
Petrucciani, M. G. Pindemonte nella crisi della tragedia. Florence, 1966.