Published: 01/08/2000
ISBN: 9781899293919
Format: Paperback



"una dettagliata disanima delle immagini del libro e una approfondita ricerca sullo stile"

Annali d'italianistica

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Mirage and Camouflage
Hiding behind Hermeticism in Ungaretti's L'Allegria
by Vivienne Suvini-Hand

This study explores the tensions and contradictions in the themes and style of L'Allegria. It establishes links between Ungaretti and the French Symbolist poets, and re-examines the collection's affinity with the work of De Chirico, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism. Offering ground-breaking views, particularly on the war poems, it demonstrates how Ungaretti used the obscure nature of Hermetic language to express his proto-Fascist and Nietzschean sympathies, thus destroying the myth of Ungaretti as a 'man of peace' searching for a religious answer to the problems of existence.

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