“<i>Singoli Stimoli</i>”: Primo Levi's Poetry

Nicholas Patruno

in Answering Auschwitz

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233588
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241811 | DOI:
“Singoli Stimoli”: Primo Levi's Poetry

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In Levi's full-length essays, the style used is consistently sober, lean, and reflective of a mind guided by reason and civility. He is clear, dispassionate, and accurate in his observations, all of which speaks to his scientific training. There were times, however, when Levi was unable to contain an urgent need to express his emotions and frustration. Often he did so by turning to poetry. Levi appears to place little importance on his poems, claiming that anyone who puts a poem down on paper every now and then, as he does, cannot truly be called a poet. He maintains that his verses are not “eccellenti” (excellent), and he tells the reader, in a tone between the apologetic and the ironic, that they are but “singoli stimoli” (single stimuli) that in rare moments have taken naturaliter ascertain form that his rational half continues to consider unnatural.

Keywords: scientific training; emotions; poetry; singoli stimoli; naturaliter

Chapter.  5145 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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