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Writing clandestine sonnets in local dialect for more than 15 years while leading a respectably conformist life of letters and bureaucracy, Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli erected a lasting poetical monument to the people of 19th-century Rome. Set against the checkered background of the city of the six Ps--pope, priests, princes, prostitutes, parasites, and the poor--Belli's sometimes scandalous sonnets deal with life's elementals love, death, sex, food, money, family, religion, and politics. In his immense oeuvre, sampled here in a sizeable and varied selection of the best poems, people from every course and manner of life have their say--housewives, mothers, beggars, lovers, businessmen, popes, whores, doctors, thieves, lawyers, priests, pen-pushers, actresses, gossips, and many more. Their voices and preoccupations are brilliantly and accurately rendered in this volume by Mike Stocks, one of the finest sonneteers of our day.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 16.76mm | 226.8g
  • Oneworld Classics Ltd
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1847490115
  • 9781847490117
  • 801,572

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