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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: tenth anniversary issue

Pettinella, Dora M.
[Paolo Buzzi--1956],   pp. [103]-106 PDF (4.3 MB)

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Paolo Buzzi was born in Milan, Italy, from an
ancient family of Lombardy. His mother
Camilla Riva was born of wealthy stock
of the Milanese bourgeoisie and married
when she was very young. His father,
Angelo Buzzi, was at the time a mature
widower; and a public official who mingled
with men of government and was very
active during the Austrian domination of
1848. Paolo Buzzi studied literature and
jurisprudence at the University of Pavia.
For some time he practised law as an
attorney in the Court of Appeals of
Milan, Italy.
In 1909 Futurism made headway and new
poets began to complain and rebel against
the static poetry that had been so much in
vogue. They planned to inject new
blood to the primitive elements, singing of
love and danger, audacity and rebellion,
to move with a livelier step, trying the
mortal leap, to live feverishly and to
abhor sleep. Their aim was to destroy
sentimentalism, as decadent; they scorned
womanhood, wished to destroy the era of
moonlight dreaming and weak romanticism.
They were fascinated by life's vigor,
glorified war, revolt and desire of freedom,
the ideas for which one died, patriotism
above all.
The name of Paolo Buzzi gained momentum
during this epoch. IL CANTO DEl
RECLUSI (Song of the Prisoners) a poem he
had written was the first of its kind to
uplift the morale of the people; to define a
motive for the new type of poetry, and
Buzzi became the undisputed heir of this
emotional movement.
Buzzi's poetry was of classical origin for he
had begun his work with translations of
the Eneide in hendecasyllables; developing
a style of writing that had melody, no
verbosity, and unique diction. He would
put together common and sophisticated
words and write free verse with his own
personally contrived rules. His verbal
experiences soon passed on to his
followers and admirers. He knew the
poetical myths and how to sing about
events surrounding his life. He became a
sensational poet full of moods, a
genuine artist; weaving exquisite images
from memory and putting them down in
exceptional forms, with a wealth of words
and musical cadences.

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