Andrea Zanzotto

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Andrea Zanzotto was one of the most important Italian poets of the second half of the twentieth century. A figure of European and international stature, his intellectual concerns combine the global and the local. His poetry, however, is firmly rooted in his native Veneto, an area that has undergone a rapid and chaotic transformation from an agricultural and artisanal economy to one based on industry, tourism and consumerism. While for over seven decades his work was marked by dramatic stylistic shifts, it remained faithful to a central core of thematic issues, primarily landscape, language, identity and the nature of poetry. His writing is known for its stylistic inventiveness, its interaction with psychoanalysis, and its attempts to locate the origins of myth. His verse, which places…

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Citation: Welle, John Patrick. "Andrea Zanzotto". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 August 2010; last revised 15 February 2023. [, accessed 10 December 2023.]

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