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The Greatest Italian Poet after Dante: Giacomo Leopardi



The Greatest Italian Poet after Dante: Giacomo Leopardi

a conversation with Jonathan Galassi, Michael Caesar and Franco D'Intino, moderated by Paolo Cherchi

Groundbreaking translations of the epic work of one of the great minds of the nineteenth century.

Join the translators of his Canti and of the monumental Zibaldone for a reading and a discussion of his legacy.

Giacomo Leopardi was the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenth century and was recognized by readers from Nietzsche to Beckett as one of the towering literary figures in Italian history. To many, he is the finest Italian poet after Dante. He was also a prodigious scholar of classical literature and philosophy, and a voracious reader in numerous ancient and modern languages. His comments about religion, philosophy, language, history, anthropology, astronomy, literature, poetry, and love are unprecedented in their brilliance and suggestiveness.

Join us for a discussion with the translators of the epoch-making Zibaldone and the Canti, highlighting Leopardi's unique and ground-breaking legacy in poetry and thought throughout the world up to this day.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow.

Co-presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Poetry Foundation.

For more details and the biographies of the participants, please click here.


Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Entrance : Free