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A Note on Giovanni Pascoli’s «Gelsomino notturno»

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Keywords: Pascoli, French Symbolism, Mallarmé, Verlaine, d’Annunzio.

In Giovanni Pascoli’s Gelsomino notturno a contrapuntual technique is employed which had already been used in certain French symbolist poems (Mallarmé, Verlaine). This technical device is introduced in Pascoli’s text when the traditional representation of the flower/woman is followed by the narrator’s memories and imagination. Pascoli also seems to echo and compete with d’Annunzio’s more explicit poetry.

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