Malgrado tutto avevo fame di un significato nella vita. E adesso so che bisogna alzare le vele e prendere i venti del destino, dovunque spingano la barca. Siamo in Italia, negli anni del fascismo. Lavorano insieme, per la stessa casa editrice.
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The first poem serves as an introduction: "The Hill" Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley, The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter? All, all are sleeping on the hill. One passed in a fever, One was burned in a mine, One was killed in a brawl, One died in a jail, One fell from a bridge toiling for children and wife— All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
They brought them dead sons from the war, And daughters whom life had crushed, And their children fatherless, crying— All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
Where is Old Fiddler Jones Who played with life all his ninety years, Braving the sleet with bared breast, Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife nor kin, Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven? They speak about the sorts of things one might expect: some recite their histories and turning points, others make observations of life from the outside, and petty ones complain of the treatment of their graves , while few tell how they really died.
The subject of afterlife receives only the occasional brief mention, and even those seem to be contradictory. The interplay of various villagers — e. Composition and publication history[ edit ] Many of the characters who make appearances in Spoon River Anthology were based on real people that Masters knew or heard of in the two towns in which he grew up, Petersburg and Lewistown, Illinois.
Masters sometimes substantially disguised the names of these real-life inspirations, but he sometimes disguised them only barely and, in a few cases, not at all. After growing up and leaving Lewistown for Chicago, Masters met and befriended William Marion Reedy , the owner, publisher and editor of the St. The poems were attributed initially to the pseudonym Webster Ford.
Masters added 35 new poems in the edition, expanding on new characters with connections to some of the originals. At last America has discovered a poet. The people whose faces look out from the pages of the book are the people of life itself, each trait of them as plain or as mysterious as in the old home valley where the writer came from.
Such a writer and book are realized here. The book was banned from Lewistown schools and libraries until The Oak Hill Cemetery features a memorial statue of Masters and offers a self-guided walking tour of the graves that inspired the poems. In , the book was published in Italy translated by Fernanda Pivano. In , Charles Aidman adapted Spoon River Anthology into a theater production that is still widely performed today.
In , British composer Andrew Downes set a selection of five poems as a song cycle entitled "Songs from Spoon River. Since , writer and songwriter Mariana Figueroa and artist and author Francisco Tomsich have worked on the Rio Cuchara project, a cycle of songs based on Spoon River Anthology poems. It was performed at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
The documentary, filmed in Lewistown, celebrates the centennial of the anthology. The Man in the Mirror. William Marion Reedy and His Magazine. University of Missouri Press. Retrieved February 19, Penn State Electronic Classics Series. Archived from the original PDF on March 6, Retrieved November 2,
Lo scrittore che diede voce ai morti. Le più belle poesie dall’Antologia di Spoon River
Bene, Ben Pantier e Jones il violinista salvarono la situazione - dissero che era un insulto ai puledri. Divorando anime, avrei dovuto vivere in eterno. Ma i loro avanzi indigesti mi causarono una nefrite mortale, di paura, angoscia, avvilimento, Alla fine crollai con un urlo. Guardate la ghianda: non divora le altre ghiande.
Antologia di Spoon River
Ogni poesia racconta la vita di un personaggio, ci sono 19 storie che coinvolgono un totale di personaggi che coprono praticamente tutte le categorie e i mestieri umani. Masters si proponeva di descrivere la vita umana raccontando le vicende di un microcosmo, il paesino di Spoon River. Durante il ventennio fascista la letteratura americana era ovviamente osteggiata dal regime, in particolare se esprimeva idee libertarie come nel caso di Edgar Lee Masters. La prima edizione italiana porta la data del 9 marzo