Virgilio Giotti is Trieste’s foremost poet in the Triestine dialect. Famous in his own city and to a lesser extent throughout Italy during his lifetime, in recent years he has been rediscovered by literary historians as part of the renewed interest in poetry written in dialect that began in the 1990s. Giotti was a close friend of Umberto Saba (1883-1957) and his work is often seen as a counterpart in dialect to that written in Italian by his better-known contemporary, so much so that one critic has called the two the “Castor and Pollux of Triestine poetry” (Damiani 17). Giotti led a deliberately modest life that centered on his home, wife, and three children. The walk-up apartment where he lived, plus the streets and squares of Trieste and the surrounding region, are the typical…

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Citation: Klopp, Charles. "Virgilio Giotti". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 August 2017 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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