Italian and Russian Verse: Two Cultures and Two Mentalities

Stefano Garzonio

Abstract


Italian and Russian Verse: Two Cultures and Two Mentalities



The present text was given as a talk at Stanford University in 2003. Here the author presents a comparative analysis of Russian and Italian versification and pays attention to the cultural contacts between these two poetical traditions in an effort to define the role played by Italian patterns in Russian verse. In this perspective the author offers a history of Russian poetical translation of Italian texts pointing out the different opinions of Russian poets about the “musicality” of Italian verse. The combined influence of language and culture in modelling different Russian poetical forms in a chronological perspective is underlined.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Studi_Slavis-2138



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