Giovanni Pascoli

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Giovanni Pascoli, along with Gabriele d’Annunzio and Giosue Carducci, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative Italian poets of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The paucity of English translations of his Italian and Latin poetry, often attributed to the intimate link he forges between sound (such as the onomatopoeia or assonance created by chosen words) and effect (both meaning and tone), has, until recently, limited the appreciation of Pascoli’s work among Anglophones. His contribution to Italian letters was recognized by his contemporary Gabriele d’Annunzio, who praised him upon his death as “il più grande e originale poeta apparso in Italia dopo il Petrarca” [the greatest and most original poet to …

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Truglio, Maria. "Giovanni Pascoli". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 July 2011
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