NIccolò Scaffai

«Il mio sogno di te non è finito». Reading Levels and Intertextuality in «Il sogno del prigioniero» by Eugenio Montale

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Niccolò Scaffai, The essay analyses Il sogno del prigioniero, the last poem in the third Eugenio Montale's poetry collection (La bufera e altro, 1956), identifying different levels: the historical one, connected to the Cold War period; the biographical one, which involves Montale's affair with Irma Brandeis (Clizia); the third one, based on a widespread literary subject, such as the theme of the prisoner. The essay focuses some new sources of Montale's poems, by the analysis of modern literature and cinema.


  • Montale
  • Close reading
  • Intertextual sources
  • History and literature


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