Dante and twentieth century poets, a series of online lectures by the University of Florence

A packed calendar of events to discover the links between the Supreme Poet and modern poetry

Dante 700 © Massimo Sestini

Twenty modern poets will be compared with Dante, seeking out their similarities and differences. The series of online sessions titled ‘Dante and the poets of the twentieth century’ is organized by the Aldo Palazzeschi Center of Studies and by the University of Florence’s Department of Literature and Philosophy. For the session at 5pm on March 25, the poet chosen is Aldo Palazzeschi: Gino Tellini from the University of Florence will guide us through this journey, in search of Dante’s influences in Palazzeschi’s work. The format of the sessions is always the same: following a critical-interpretative presentation of the contemporary poet, each session involves the reading of significant texts by both the leading author and Dante.

From Ungaretti to Pasolini, with an in-depth study also dedicated to female poets

The poets who will be highlighted in the lecture series include Giuseppe Ungaretti, Mario Luzi, Eugenio Montale, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrea Zanzotto and Edoardo Sanguinetti. Female voices will also be at the center of some lectures, featuring Margherita Guidacci, Cristina Campo and Amelia Rosselli. The lecture series will end on December 9.

All the sessions will be held online on the YouTube Channel of the Aldo Palazzeschi Center of Studies of the University of Florence. The series, coordinated by Unifi professors Luca Azzetta, Simone Magherini and Gino Tellini, will continue until December 9. (LINK TO THE PROGRAM)

Interrogating the leading names of modernity in relation to Dante will be scholars from important national (Turin, Pavia, Genoa, Bologna, Perugia, Rome, Naples, Sassari) and international (Columbia University and Freiburg, CH) universities, in addition to those from the Florentine University system. The critical-interpretative presentations of the 20 sessions (along with the texts read) will then be published in a volume of the ‘Biblioteca Palazzeschi’ series.