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Yeats and Leopardi, un confronto



Yeats and Leopardi, un confronto

With Cesare Catà.

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.


Data: Mar 24 Gen 2017

Orario: Dalle 18:30 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : IIC

Ingresso : Libero


Istituto Italiano di Cultura