Francesca Da Rimini

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Kessinger Publishing, Apr 1, 2005 - Drama - 244 pages
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1902. From the Introduction: Francesca da Rimini was acted for the first time at Rome, by Eleonora Duse and her company, on December 9, 1901. Has there, since Hernani, been such a battle over a play in verse? The performance lasted five hours, and many of the speeches were inaudible on account of the noise in the theatre. Since then the play has been freely cut, it has been acted with the greatest success in the chief cities of Italy, and has raised more discussion than any play in verse of this century. The translation which follows has been made from the unabridged text. The play is written in blank verse, but blank verse so varied as to be almost a kind of vers libre. This form of blank verse is not new in Italian. It is to be found in the pastoral tragedies of the Renaissance in Tasso's Aminta, in Guarino's Pastor Fido. We need only open Leopardi to see almost exactly the same structure of verse.

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Born into a patriarchal family of the Abruzzo, D'Annunzio was sent to Prato to master Tuscan Italian. At age 16, under the classical influence of Giosue Carducci, he published his first poems, Primo Vere in 1879. His best works of the time include the novel Il fuoco (The Flame of Life) (1900); the poems of his Alcyone (one of the Pleiades), which are his best; the play The Dead City (1898); and his masterpiece The Daughter of Jorio (1904), a drama. Eager to perform on the world's stage in politics and in war as well as art, he became an ardent nationalist, lost an eye in a wartime flying accident, and then personally led an assault on Fiume in 1919, annexing it to Italy and ruling it like a Roman proconsul for 16 months. His support of Mussolini prompted some critics to treat him as a progenitor of fascism.

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