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Title: Leopardi and the "Desert of Life"
Authors: O'Connor, Desmond John
Keywords: Italian
civilized
Issue Date: 1989
Publisher: The Italian Discipline, Flinders University of South Australia
Citation: O'Connor, Desmond John 1989. Leopardi and the "Desert of Life". In A. Comin & D. O’Connor (eds) 'Leopardi : Poet for today : Proceedings of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Leopardi, Adelaide, South Australia, 19-26 June 1988’, Flinders University of South Australia: Adelaide, 51-63.
Abstract: The central metaphor used here - that of life as a barren, arid state - recurs frequently throughout Leopardi's work, in both his prose and his poetry, in contexts that describe his own personal condition and/or that of humanity as a whole. The metaphor appears not only in the form of the word 'deserto' (which derives from the Latin verb 'desèrere' 'to abandon', 'to desert') and as analogous images that denote emptiness and aridity, but also where the key element of the metaphor is a word such as 'eremo', 'ermo', or 'romito', which derive from the equivalent Greek word for desert - èremos -, and which therefore extend the metaphor to the deeper meaning of 'loneliness' and 'isolation'.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/683
ISBN: 0725804270
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