Eugenio Montale's echoic poetic voice(s)

Rossella Maria Riccobono

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The scope of this essay is that of analysing the nature of the speaking voice(s) and studying its possible effects within the chosen Montalean poetic texts, and reflecting on whether the model can be extended more widely to the whole poetic body. This will be done by analysing the poet’s texts, not only from a syntactical and lexical point of view, but also by examining the dynamics of the Montalean voice and understanding how these dynamics function linguistically within each poem, and in how many poems, in order to observe whether the voice dynamics create a system within which the lyrical I has been disembodied (‘scarnificato’). Analysis will start from some considerations on poems from both seasons of production, i.e. the so called ‘first’ and ‘second Montale’, in order to point out the dynamics of the Montalean poetic voice(s) of the second season, from Satura (1970) onwards, and compare them to those of the supposed ‘single voice’ in the poetry from Ossi di seppia through to La bufera e altro.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-54
Number of pages15
JournalSpunti e Ricerche
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


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