Trilussa, poet of united Italy – Books – Insights

Trilussa, poet of united Italy – Books – Insights
Trilussa, poet of united Italy – Books – Insights

CLAUDIO COSTA (edited by), “E FOLLOWED ER CAMMINO COR DESTINO IN SACCOCCIA”. TRILUSSA BOOK BY BOOK (Castelvecchi, pp. 384, 29 euros). Detached and skeptical, pacifist and nostalgic for the past, but above all endowed with a refined pen and a sensitive gaze, albeit masked by sarcasm, through which to observe the daily miseries and the unfortunate destiny of humanity: there is still a lot to deepen on the figure famous and beloved of Trilussa, born Carlo Alberto Salustri, to whom is dedicated the book “And followed er strada cor fate in saccoccia. Trilussa book by book”, edited by Claudio Costa, the poet’s greatest expert, and published by Castelvecchi . Conceived on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth (which fall on October 26), the volume, with the preface by Luca Serianni and the introduction by Marcello Teodonio, follows “book by book” the complete work of Trilussa, in the footsteps of that project on which the poet himself probably worked between 1947 and 1950 (and which then saw the light posthumously in 1951) to bring together in a single publication all his previous twelve books of poetry. Therefore, retracing the Trilussian poems according to the publication order of the various collections desired by the poet, the book analyzes some of the themes most dear to the author as well as stylistic issues, thanks to the contributions of Costa, Serianni and Teodonio, and then of Maurizio Ceccarini, Luigi Matt, Luigi Giuliani, Loredana Massaro, Laura Biancini, Secondina Marafini, Carolina Marconi, Davide Pettinicchio, Giulio Vaccaro and Franco Onorati: in this sense it is therefore a completely new choral work, useful for rediscovering Trilussa as a poet aware of his expressive means , starting precisely from his words, but also as a man and as a character fully inserted in his time. The idea that animates the publication is to turn the spotlight on a complex writer and artist once again, focusing on his innovative technique, on his original style, and on his ability to affect the culture and society of the first half of the twentieth century. War and religion, power that crushes the people, the need to belong to a homeland, anti-fascism and the repudiation of war, but also the use of the Roman dialect and the reinvention of the fable genre: these are just a few of the themes and stylistic aspects on which the book wants to reflect, proposing a more conscious reinterpretation of Trilussa, an author who, as Costa writes in closing the volume, has always been “loved by the public, courted while alive by certain intellectual circles, discredited by others, after his death he was first denigrated by a faction of highly accredited exegetes then reconsidered by others on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, preferably snubbed by academic criticism, practically absent from school manuals (like almost all dialectals) “.
“The invitation is therefore: let’s reread Trilussa, considering it in its time and out of time, like all authors who know how to speak to future eras – continues Costa -, without prejudices: neither minor nor major author, not a Roman poet but a poet in a Italian dialect, forgetting the anecdotes that have studded his life and rather trying to understand its poetics “. (HANDLE).

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