Italian Literature and Its Times by David Galens, Joyce Moss

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By David Galens, Joyce Moss

"My Italy" chants a despairing Petrarch in a poem that he penned a few 500 years sooner than Italy grew to become a unified country. Then the realm used to be only a number of separate areas with a typical reminiscence. Resounding from Tuscany, his lament invoked a unmarried identify for the already long-disunited regions— Italia—an historical appellation for territory that when shaped the center of the Roman Empire and that approximately corresponds to Italy this present day. Remarkably, for 1400 years, from the autumn of the Roman Empire in 476 C.E. to unification in 1861, the areas remained separate but conceived components of a countrywide identification. primary to this fulfillment used to be a typical literary language in a land of a number of dialects.

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The term became more common in the sixteenth century, when it was used in philosophy as the fabel for a particularly ambiguous kind of syllogism or logical procedure. An "in barroco* syllogism consisted of a general statement followed by a specific one in the negative, and then a witty deduction produced from both the general and specific statements. For example: General statement: All woircn are mortal Specific statement in the negative; Venus is not a mortal Deduction; Venus is not a woman Such a conclusion though correct (Venus is indeed not a woman, she is a goddess), shows a high grade of ambiguity.

Murtola attempted to shoot Marino and landed in prison for his pains. Marino's service at the duke's court ended unhappily in 1611 when, for reasons that remain unclear, he himself was sentenced to prison for over a year. In 1614 Marino published the third part of The Lyre, and in 1615 he finally realized his I T A L I A N THE LITERARY WORK A poem set at a mythical time in Venus's palace on the island of Cyprus, Greece; published in Italian fes Adone) in 1623, in English in 1%7, SYNOPSIS Adonis, a beautiful youth, arrives on the isle of Cyprus, where he and the goddess Venus fail in love.

When he returned to Milan, Gadda taught math and physics and immersed himself in the study of philosophy. From the 1920s onward, he combined writing with his other activities, publishing his first volume of essays, La Madonna deifilosofi (The Madonna of the Philosophers) in 1931. His mother died in 1936, after which Gadda sold the family house in Longone and began writing Acquainted with Grief. Finally, in 1940, Gadda quit engineering altogether and moved to Florence, where he wrote and became an active member of the city's literary circles.

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