‘Sei più in là’

Francesca Southerden

in Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698455
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738258 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

‘Sei più in là’

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The conclusion to the study reaffirms the originality of Sereni’s response to the problems of identity and of the new territory he creates for the lyric ‘I’. It reiterates the centrality of the liminality topos for understanding where his subject is left by the experience of desire, and the importance of deixis as a syntactical matrix for its expression. The complex intertextual dialogue that Sereni stages with a range of poets and authors from the medieval to the modern period inserts him into a poetic genealogy that extends as far back as Dante and Petrarch and finds its resolution in the poet’s sense of limit. The textual beyond he cannot reach is increasingly synonymous with the more complete version of poetry and the self that these earlier authors represent for him, and his inability to rediscover the same conditions for writing poetry that had existed before

Keywords: Sereni; Dante; Petrarch; Montale; Zanzotto; identity; lyric; intertextuality; deixis; loss

Chapter.  4194 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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