Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Poetry Review: The Sicilian School

This review has been moved to the R. S. Martin website. Click here to read.

1 comment:

Mauro Baglieri said...

This is one of the few essays that actually does justice to the Sicilian School. True, its aethetic achievements are generally, far from original. But in the Sicily of Frederick II, jokers were banned and with them, their music - it was easier to imitate texts than be inspired by live performances. Nonetheless, the linguistics merits of the school go beyond literary histories, since the School lays the foundations for a standard Italian, a work to be accomplished by the later work of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. Judging from my sources, I am not sure that the highest peak might be beyond 1250 - Manfredi seems to be less interested in courtly love and more in Christian mysticism - more conservative scholars would not go beyond this year.