My Italian, my Bolognese, this Italian love poem (Poesia d'amore), is a translation for you... You are my prettiest poetry. I remember Venice, Ravenna and Rimini in fiat 500, the Christmas panettone and a sublime panacotta recipe. I know, how much, each morning, in front of your mirror, when you make-up your face, which is the most beautiful Italian love poem, you think about me! I like, your country, which is the most magnificent in the world, and all the Italian words that you pronounce so delightfully. But all this is of the past! Another pretty Italian woman, will she one day cross my path? I shall love it! I shall love so much with her, remake the world in front of a good cappuccino!
History of Italian literature
Italian, the official language of Italy is spoken in many other countries by nearly 65 million people. It is a Romance language based on the dialect of Tuscany. After the birth of literature in the vernacular language, by the masterpieces of Dante and Petrarch, it is to poetry that a hegemonic function is assigned to the genesis of the Italian literary language. The prose in the vulgar language will know a process of unification much slower. The vulgar for the first time, to the detriment of Latin, is elevated to the dignity of literary language in the "song of the creatures" of St. Francis of Assisi. In the 13th century, born the first Italian poetic school, it will be pursued around Dante by a group of young Florentine and Tuscan poets. Most of these poets will write poems inspired by the most refined precepts of the dolce stil nuovo. The religious poetry will be also flourish. In the 15th century the death of Boccaccio is felt as the end of an epoch. The poems of Laurent de Medicis borrow widely from the popular repertory. The 16th century is the century of the Renaissance with Machiavelli, the lyric poets remain subjected to the petrarchical models, and the epic poets remain in the tyranny of rules, Arioste compose "Roland furious", the poetic masterpiece of the century. In the 17th century, the baroque poetry is identified to Marino and his amazement. In the 19th century Italy importe the romantism. The two greatest Italian poets of this century are Foscolo and Leopardi. The 20th its Pirandello, Moravia and Elsa Morante who express existential motivations with a linguistic experimentation. Modern Italian poetry bears witness to the same demand for formal renewal. Calvino conjugate dream and fantasy, closer to us are Umberto Eco and Alessandro Baricco.