Giovanni Pascoli

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Giovanni Pascoli

Giovanni Placido Agostino Pascoli (born December 31, 1855 in San Mauro di Romagna , Emilia-Romagna , † April 6, 1912 in Bologna ) was an Italian poet .


After a childhood marked by blows of fate, Pascoli became involved as a student for radical political ideas, which in 1879 brought him temporarily to prison. After that, however, he turned mainly to literature. In 1905 Pascoli became professor of Italian literature in Bologna. He achieved international fame for his poetry, which mainly dealt with patriotic and historical subjects. His work was of particular importance for the development of the modern Italian language, which in Pascoli's time was still fragmented into numerous dialects. Many words of dialect origin were used by Pascoli for the first time in poetry - this was the greatest revolution in Italian literary language since the Middle Ages.

Commemorative coin Pascoli

The most important work is the collection of poems "Myricae", the title of which goes back to a verse by Virgil : "[...] arbusta iuvant humilesque myricae" (4th Ecl., V.299)


  • 2012 On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the poet's death, the Banca d'Italia issued a coin with a face value of € 2.00.


First edition of Odi e inni , 1906
  • 1897 - Il fanciullino
  • 1891 - Myricae (first edition)
  • 1897 - Poemetti
  • 1898 - Minerva oscura
  • 1903 - Canti di Castelvecchio (first edition)

- Myricae (last edition) - Miei scritti di varia umanità

  • 1904 - Primi poemetti

- Poemi conviviali

  • 1906 - Odi e Inni
  • 1907 - Canti di Castelvecchio (last edition)

- Pensieri e discorsi

  • 1909 - Nuovi poemetti

- Poemi italici

  • 1911–1912 - Poemi del Risorgimento

- La grande proletaria si è mossa


Latin works

  • Alessandro Baruffi: The Poems of Giovanni Pascoli: Translated in English, with Original Italian Text. LiteraryJoint Press, Philadelphia 2017.
  • Manara Valgimigli (ed.): Giovanni Pascoli: Poesie latine. 5th edition. Mondadori, Milano 1970 (contains: Liber de poetis, Res Romanae, Poemata Christiana, Hymni, Ruralia, Poematia et epigrammata )
  • Mariella Bonvicini (Ed.): G (iovanni) Pascoli: Agape. Introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento. Pàtron, Bologna 1989
  • Patrizia Paradisi (ed.): Giovanni Pascoli: Pecudes. Introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento. Pàtron, Bologna 1992
  • Marinella Tartari Chersoni (ed.): Giovanni Pascoli: Moretum. Introduzione, testo e commento. Pàtron, Bologna 1983
  • Alfonso Traina (Ed.): Giovanni Pascoli: Saturae. Introduzione, testo, commento e appendice. 2nd, revised edition. La Nuova Italia, Firenze 1977
  • Alfonso Traina (Ed.): Giovanni Pascoli: Giugurta (Iugurtha). Marsilio, Venezia 1990, ISBN 88-317-5356-8 (Latin text, Italian translation, commentary)
  • Alfonso Traina (Ed.): Giovanni Pascoli: Pomponia Graecina. Introduzione, traduzione, note esegetiche e appendice. 2nd, revised edition. Pàtron, Bologna 1970
  • Alfonso Traina, Enzo Mandruzzato (eds.): Giovanni Pascoli: Poemi cristiani. Rizzoli, Milano 1984 (Latin text and Italian translation)

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