Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny

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How can one make poetry in a disenchanted age? For Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) this was the modern subject's most insolvable deadlock, after the Enlightenment's pitiless unveiling of truth. Still, in the poems written in 1828-29 between Pisa and the Marches, Leopardi manages to turn disillusion into a powerful source of inspiration, through an unprecedented balance between poetic lightness and philosophical density. The addressees of these cantos are two prematurely dead maidens bearing names of nymphs, and thus obliquely ...

Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny 2013, Maney Publishing, Leeds

ISBN-13: 9781907975912

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