Fable and Song in Italy

Paperback | January 17, 2012

byEllen Mary Clerke

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... fence and foil of rustic wit by the hardy mountaineers of Pistoia or the rude shepherds of the Maremma. Soentirely, indeed, is his vocabulary drawn from the dialect of his rural fellow-countrymen, that while it is regarded as the purest ideal of Italian Attic, it has been found necessary to publish a specially annotated edition of his poems for the use of non-Tuscan readers. The present prevailing fashion in Italian literature tends, it must be confessed, to an exaggeration of the peculiarities of Giusti's style, and the reaction led by him against pseudo-classicalism threatens, like all reactions, to carry public taste into an opposite extreme, that of giving literary currency to all the familiar colloquialisms of Florentine street slang. The idiom of the MercatoNuovo may be a very quaint and forcible vehicle for popular wit and eloquence, yet at the same time quite incapable of giving utterance to all the ideas of a higher plane of culture. The name of Beranger, borrowed by Giusti's compatriots for their favourite lyrist, refers in reality to but one aspect of his character, that of a poet of the people. The sunny singer of Parisian Bohemianism has no chord on his lyre that vibrates to those minors in which the Italian satirist sounds the notes of a deeper pathos--a sterner moral. Not a lyre, indeed, but a violin is his instrument, capable of those penetrating poignancies that pierce to the quick of human nature. In the Tuscan character, through all classes and degrees, a keen and caustic sense of humour is associated with a profound sensibility to melancholy impressions. This dual nature,, in which the sources of laughter and tears are placed close together, was reproduced in Giusti in its most intensified form, and he repeatedly analyses it in his writ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... fence and foil of rustic wit by the hardy mountaineers of Pistoia or the rude shepherds of the Maremma. Soentirely, indeed, is ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217209807

ISBN - 13:9780217209809

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