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Yeats and Leopardi, a confrontation



Yeats and Leopardi, a confrontation

In English.


Cesare Catà will explore some surprising similarities and differences in the works and philosophies of W.B. Yeats and Giacomo Leopardi.

For W.B. Yeats love is a mystical elevation. For Leopardi, on the other hand, nature is stronger than love. For Yeats “fantasy” is an intellectual power, whereas, for Leopardi, fantasy is “the supreme illusion” and essential to human existence.

Finally, this notion of fantasy is related to a specific political vision: for Yeats, Ireland should shape its identity in conformity and accordance with its folkloric roots; Leopardi, instead, wished to shape the Italian people through ethical and civic values.

The image of the tower is surprisingly central to both poets: Yeats fulfilled his destiny in the famous “Thoor Ballylee” while Leopardi’s youth was focused on the attempt to escape from his family tower in the town of Recanati.


Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organised by : IIC

Admission : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura