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Gabriele D Annunzio: Poet of Beauty and Decadence (Classic Reprint)
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a'l tuo mite Abruzzi abundantly admire adultery artist bad master BEAUTY and DECADENCE beauty of form blood and lust brutal calante call decadence canto carcass charm CHICAGO LITERARY CLUB civili craftsmanship creed D'An D'Annunzio filled D'Annunzio never Dante Dante's dramas episode exaltation exquisite falce Fogazzaro foul Francesca function of poetry furrows GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO Poet gift harvest of visions human imagery imitated influence Italian churches Italian literature Italy joys and sorrows laughter libidinous LIBRARIES STANFORD lurid lyric manifest manipulation messe di sogni Middle Ages mission mite chiarore qua moral restraint Neilson novelist novels patriotic poems perfect philosophy pity plays Poet of BEAUTY poetic putrid Real poets recurrent element responsibility sensations sensual pleasure sensuality and cruelty sensuous sickle significance signifies decay sogni ondeggia a'l spiritual STANFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES stories supreme symptoms thy mild lustre Today tragedy translation unsavory utterly verbal verse visions Is waving words
Page 8 - O falce di luna calante *) che brilli su l'acque deserte, o falce d'argento, qual messe di sogni ondeggia al tuo mite chiarore qua gił! Aneliti brevi di foglie, sospiri di fiori dal bosco esalano al mare: non canto non grido non suono pe "1 vasto silenzio va. Oppresso d'amor, di piacere, il popol de
Page 16 - bad master," a source of degeneration, I mean one who, gifted with the power to seduce men by the charm and wealth of his imagination, by his skill in weaving harmonious and captivating phrases, instead of urging himself toward heroism, and drawing toward it the souls which he influences, surrenders himself in his writings to all the seductions of the life of ease, uses his talent for...
Page 8 - Ephemeral breathing of foliage, Of flowers, of waves from the forest, Goes forth to the ocean; no cry and no singing, No sound through the infinite silences goes. Oppressed with its loves and its pleasures, The life of the world lies in slumber; O sickle declining, what harvest of visions Is waving down here, thy mild lustre...
Page 16 - ... his imagination, by his skill in weaving harmonious and captivating phrases, instead of urging himself toward heroism and drawing toward it the souls which he influences, surrenders himself in his writings to all the weaknesses of passion and all the seductions of the life of ease, uses his talent for the exaltation of mean pleasures and gross desires, and on that account becomes, for those whom he has enchanted, a teacher of weakness, egoism, cowardice, and cupidity.
Page 15 - D'Annunzio has genius, ample learning, extraordinary sensitiveness, artistic craftsmanship — what does he lack ? He lacks decorum, to be sure; yes, and more than decorum, what he most lacks is a spiritual norm, in short, a conscience.
Page 17 - It consists of a deliberate and unrestrained search for pleasure, which he considers the very best means to wisdom, and one that will reveal endless manifestations of beauty. This beauty he is impelled to record in artistic form.