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Una ‘moderna mitologia’ floreale

L’Epitalamio botanico di Giuseppe Barbieri

Francesca Favaro    università di padova    



A sacred orator and poet, Melchiorre Cesarotti’s scholar and famous, among his contemporaries, as the epic poet of the Euganean Hills, the abbot Giuseppe Barbieri (1774-1852), born in Bassano del Grappa, reveals his fondness for themes linked to the nature also in a juvenile poem, composed in loose hendecasyllables and dedicated to the loves and the nuptials of the plants. In the Botanical Epithalamium, of which a comment is now offered, thanks to the fusion between the memory of the ancient and scientific interests, Barbieri gives a diverse life to multiple plant species and therefore creates a sort of new mythology, of which trees and shrubs, bushes and meadows dotted with corollas remain the protagonists.

Keywords: Poetry. Epithalamia. Plants. Flowers. Mythology.

Language: it

Submitted: Jan. 23, 2018   Accepted: Feb. 19, 2018   Published: Dec. 31, 2016  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.14277/1724-188X/QV-5-2-4

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