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Echoes of Opera in Modern Italian Poetry

Eros, Tragedy, and National Identity


Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mattia Acetoso
    Pages 1-32
  3. Mattia Acetoso
    Pages 71-101
  4. Mattia Acetoso
    Pages 145-182
  5. Mattia Acetoso
    Pages 245-246
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-276

About this book


Twentieth-century Italian poetry is haunted by countless ghosts and shadows from opera: Echoes of Opera in Modern Italian Poetry reveals their presence and sheds light on their role in shaping that great poetic tradition. This is the first work in English to analyze the influence of opera on modern Italian poetry, uncovering a fundamental but neglected relationship between the two art forms. A group of Italian poets, from Gabriele D’Annunzio to Giorgio Caproni, by way of Umberto Saba and Eugenio Montale, made opera a cornerstone of their artistic craft. More than an occasional stylistic influence, opera is rather analyzed as a fundamental facet of these poets’ intellectual quest to overcome the expressive limitations of lyrical poetry. This book reframes modern Italian poetry in a truly interdisciplinary perspective, broadening our understanding of its prominence within the humanities, in the twentieth century and beyond.


Italian poets Italian Opera 20th century Italy music and literature Italian literature Futurism influence of Opera James Joyce Gabriele D’Annunzio Melopoetics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Boston CollegeBostonUSA

About the authors

Mattia Acetoso is an Assistant Professor of Italian at Boston College, USA. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2012. His research interests include modern Italian poetry, the relationship between literature and music, and contemporary Italian cinema.

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