ITAL4925 - Poesia Italiana tra Otto e Novecento

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Beatrice Sica
Teaching structure:
one 5,000-word essay (100%).

Module Description:

This module is an introduction to the basics of Italian prosody as well as an overview of Italian poetry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. By looking at some of the most celebrated Italian poems written by various authors, including Giacomo Leopardi, Giovanni Pascoli, Gabriele d’Annunzio, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Aldo Palazzeschi, Giuseppe Ungaretti, and Eugenio Montale, the module analyses different kinds of Italian verses (endecasillabo, settenario, etc.) and examines the evolution of Italy’s poetry at the turn of the century. Poetic manifestos and critical writings by the poets will also be considered.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

The following are reference books for the analysis of Italian meters and rhetorical devices.

  • Pietro G. Beltrami, La metrica italiana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011 (or at least Pietro G. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002)
  • Bice Mortara Garavelli, Manuale di retorica, Milano, Bompiani, 2000 (or at least Bice Mortara Garavelli, Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche, Bari, Laterza, 2010; as a very first introduction to rhetorical figures, also Bice Mortara Garavelli, Prima lezione di retorica, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2011).