Ode a Miramar
Miramare, a le tue bianche torri
O Miramare, contro i tuoi graniti
Meste ne l'ombra de le nubi a' golfi
e tutte il mare spinge le mugghianti
e tona il cielo a Nabresina lungo
Deh come tutto sorridea quel dolce
A lui dal volto placida raggiava
Addio, castello pe' felici giorni
Lascian le sale con accesa speme
de le animose tavole: una sfinge
Oh non d'amore e d'avventura il canto
vien da la trista punta di Salvore
- Ahi! mal tu sali sopra il mare
Vedi la sfinge tramutar sembiante
Č il teschio mózzo contro te
Tra boschi immani d'agavi non mai
per la tenčbra tropicale, il dio
Quant'č che aspetto! La ferocia bianca
Non io gl'infami avoli tuoi di tabe
e a la grand'alma di Guatimozino
Giosuč Carducci (1835-1907)
The Italian poet, critic, and teacher Giosuč Carducci is generally regarded as the greatest Italian poet of the late 19th century. He was born in Val di Castello, Tuscany (Toscana), and educated at the University of Pisa. From 1860 to 1904 he was professor of Italian literature at the University of Bologna. Carducci was opposed to the papacy, the monarchy, and the romantic sentimentalism that dominated Italian literature at the time. He advocated a return to the pagan spirit in religion and a revival of the classical spirit and forms in literature. As a young man he frequently expressed his radical ideas in his poetry, but in his later years his writing became less polemical. He was the first to adapt successfully classical Latin meters to modern Italian verse.
In 1906 Carducci became the first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Among his best works are New Rhymes (1861-87; trans. 1916), Odi Barbare (Pagan Odes), 1877-89 trans. 1950, and Lyrics and Rhythms, 1899; trans. 1942.
The Poet and the Lover
The Hotel Continentale in Trieste, once named “Al Buon Pastore”, is located on Via San Nicolň. Although in 1878 the establishment was not the elegant hotel it is today, it was more than acceptable for a "clandestine couple". The couple in question was Giosuč Carducci and his muse "Lina" (at the time Carolina Cristofori in Piva, mother of three children and wife of a government official from Rovigo).
The two lovers organized a secret journey to Trieste on 7 July, 1878, after furtively exchanging many letters; naturally, they travelled under assumed names. However, the day after their arrival the couple was "discovered" by a journalist from the "Indipendente", and news of the great poet's presence in the city spread like lightning.
Accompanied by Attilio Hortis and Giuseppe Caprin, the couple visited the city, the Miramare Castle, the San Giusto hill, and Winkelmann’s cenotaph. They were constantly followed and applauded by a festive and noisy crowd – so much for privacy!
The following day they visited Capodistria, once again accompanied by their two "Virgils" and surrounded by a curious and merry crowd.
They departed from Trieste on the 11th, amidst a joyous chorus of goodbyes, but evidently Giosuč Carducci was not pleased and never again returned to Trieste. [From the book by: Halupca and Veronese, Trieste Nascosta, Lint Seconda ed. 2005 - Prima ristampa 2006 - Seconda ristampa 2007 - Terza ristampa 2009.]
This page courtesy of Franco G. Aitala, Marisa Ciceran and Alida Gasperini
Created: Sunday, May 7, 2000; Last updated:
28 December, 2012