Eleonora Cardinale

The Great War and woman: Pamphlets in verse

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Among the collections of the National Central Library of Rome there is a miscellaneous collection on the First World War: it is of pamphlets published during the war, later collected and bound in volumes for the subject. About miscellaneous collection, the essay examines the part of the pamphlets in verse written by women. Although only in rare cases will reach an artistic expression accomplished, however, these texts reveal their value of documents and testimony of the war in his own unfold, how it is perceived and experienced. Surprisingly, as almost all the poems are easy to take leave of rhetoric and a easy patriotism, returning completely in the propaganda climate in those days. There are few examples of an awareness of the horror of war and these texts appear to be the most interesting and the most significant from a poetic point of view.

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