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Giosue Carducci

27 Jul 2021  Tue

Giosue Carducci was an Italian poet, writer, literary critic and teacher. He was very influential and was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. In 1906 he became the first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature "not only in consideration of his deep learning and critical research, but above all as a tribute to the creative energy, freshness of style, and lyrical force which characterize his poetic masterpieces".

In his youth Carducci was the centre of a group of young men determined to overthrow the prevailing Romanticism and to return to classical models. He showed both his great power as a poet and the strength of his republican, anticlerical feeling in his hymn to Satan, “Inno a Satana” (1863), and in his Giambi ed epodi (1867–69; “Iambics and Epodes”), inspired chiefly by contemporary politics. Its violent, bitter language reflects the virile, rebellious character of the poet.

His research in Italian literature was warmed by his poetic imagination and style, and his best prose works equal his poetry. To honor him Sen Marino has issued a 10 Euros silver proof coin. This issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Giosue Carducci.

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