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12 12, 2013

Dante and Byron

By |2019-12-11T22:26:13+01:00December 12th, 2013|2021 – Dantes year, Approfondimenti|0 Comments

The great English poet, George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) was a free and troubled spirit who, in the spring of 1819, in the Venice salon of the Countess Benzoni, became acquainted with Teresa Gamba, a young scion of a patrician family from Ravenna.  Teresa was 19 years old and had been married off to Count Alessandro Guiccioli, more than 40 years her senior, also from Ravenna.  A most beautiful love affair started between Lord Byron and Teresa Guiccioli  ... [continued] ------- To read the verses of Francesca [...]

9 12, 2013

Introduction (Icelandic)

By |2019-12-11T22:26:14+01:00December 9th, 2013|Islandese|0 Comments

Before Dante’s time, Iceland was an independent state for more than three centuries, but in the 13th century cracks became apparent in the government of the country which brought about a period of serious struggles for power. This prompted the Norwegian King Hakon IV to get involved in the island in 1262, at a time when his very long reign was about to come to an end, imposing on the Icelanders a sort of confederation agreement (the Gamli sáttmáli, which in Icelandic means Ancient Pact), [...]

7 12, 2013

Nereo Zeper

By |2019-12-11T22:26:23+01:00December 7th, 2013|The voices of Ulysses|0 Comments

Nereo Zeper is born in Trieste in 1950.  Still a child, he is drawn to music, learning to play the clarinet.  At the age of thirteen he reads Salvatore Quasimodo and Umberto Saba and writes his first poems.  After his high school diploma he enrols in the faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Trieste where he takes his degree in 1976. On the sporting side, during his university years, he is attracted by mountaineering and rock-climbing, takes part in the activities of [...]

7 12, 2013

Introduction (Danish)

By |2019-12-11T22:26:23+01:00December 7th, 2013|Danese|0 Comments

Dante was twenty-one years old when the King of Denmark, Erik V Glipping, was mysteriously assassinated in his sleep.  Our poet does not seem to have had a clear idea of the geographical location and the political life of Denmark in his day, being a country which is not mentioned in any of his works.  Yet some vague news about that country and, in particular, that mysterious regicide, must have reached him, as one may infer indirectly from the fact that he included amongst the [...]

1 12, 2013

Dante and Iceland

By |2019-12-11T22:26:24+01:00December 1st, 2013|2021 – Dantes year, Approfondimenti|0 Comments

Before Dante’s time, Iceland was an independent state for more than three centuries, but in the 13th century cracks became apparent in the government of the country which brought about a period of serious struggles for power. This prompted the Norwegian King Håkon IV to get involved in the island in 1262, at a time when his very long reign was about to come to an end, imposing on the Icelanders a sort of confederation agreement (theGamli sáttmáli, which in Icelandic means Ancient Pact), which was mainly [...]