Gabriele d'Annunzio: Laudi [In Praise of Sky, Sea, Earth, and Heroes]

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  • Mirko Menna

In the decade 1898-1909 D’Annunzio moved to a Renaissance villa near Settignano in Tuscany called La Capponcina, fleeing creditors in Rome where he had lived his splendid period as a columnist, parliamentarian, and as the author of Il Piacere [The Child of Pleasure] (1889). These were the years of an art-life partnership with the actress Eleonora Duse, despite the burden of financial problems. Having failed every political project, D’Annunzio decided to seek refuge in Tuscany choosing to live “like a Renaissance prince” [in Proemio alla Vita di Cola di Rienzo]. This particular period would prove to be one of his most fruitful for various genres of artistic production, ranging from tragedy and pastoral …

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Menna, Mirko. "Laudi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2013
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]