Giorgio Caproni (2996 words)

  • Emilio Speciale (Independent Scholar - Europe)

In the panorama of twentieth-century Italian poetry, Giorgio Caproni represents a centrifugal force with respect to official trends. Looking beyond the various poetic schools of his time, he leaned on the solid foundations of Italian literary tradition in order to restore it in a fragmentary mode for the modern reader’s taste. Caproni’s poetic experience, in fact, is embedded in contemporary life; it is aimed at answering everyday existential and ethical questions as well as searching for poetic forms adequate to express such questions.

Born in Leghorn in 1912 (and consequently belonging to the same generation as Bertolucci, Bigongiari, Gatto, Luzi, and Sereni, or the so-called “Third Generation”), Caproni moved to Genoa w…

Speciale, Emilio. "Giorgio Caproni". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2013
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