Italian Futurist Poetry

By Willard Bohn

© 2005

Founded by F.T. Marinetti in 1909, Italian Futurism was the first major avant-garde movement of the twentieth century. It was also one of the longest lasting, having continued as long as Marinetti and his colleagues remained active – until 1944. Despite the provocative manifestos and outrageous public performances that earned its members international fame, their remarkable poetic achievements have received little post-war scholarly attention. This anthology, by the widely recognized Italian Futurist scholar Willard Bohn, seeks to correct this oversight.

It is commonly believed that Futurist poetry rarely strayed from three main subjects: modern machinery, warfare, and the Fascist dream. Bohn demonstrates that, in reality, it was much more diverse. Although military, mechanical, and patriotic themes occur in a number of poems, including some in this volume, the Futurist repertoire was actually much larger. Ranging from Symbolist exercises to radical experiments worthy of Dada or Surrealism, it was also surprisingly creative.

Italian Futurist Poetry contains more than 100 poems (both Italian and English versions) by sixty-one poets from across Italy. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the anthology reflects numerous aesthetic, historical, and cultural developments. It is a major contribution to the understanding of modern Italian culture and, indeed, of twentieth-century avant-garde literature in general.

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  • Page Count: 270 pages
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Italian Futurist Poetry contains more than 100 poems (both Italian and English versions) by sixty-one poets from across Italy.

Italian Futurist Poetry

By Willard Bohn

© 2005

Founded by F.T. Marinetti in 1909, Italian Futurism was the first major avant-garde movement of the twentieth century. It was also one of the longest lasting, having continued as long as Marinetti and his colleagues remained active – until 1944. Despite the provocative manifestos and outrageous public performances that earned its members international fame, their remarkable poetic achievements have received little post-war scholarly attention. This anthology, by the widely recognized Italian Futurist scholar Willard Bohn, seeks to correct this oversight.

It is commonly believed that Futurist poetry rarely strayed from three main subjects: modern machinery, warfare, and the Fascist dream. Bohn demonstrates that, in reality, it was much more diverse. Although military, mechanical, and patriotic themes occur in a number of poems, including some in this volume, the Futurist repertoire was actually much larger. Ranging from Symbolist exercises to radical experiments worthy of Dada or Surrealism, it was also surprisingly creative.

Italian Futurist Poetry contains more than 100 poems (both Italian and English versions) by sixty-one poets from across Italy. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the anthology reflects numerous aesthetic, historical, and cultural developments. It is a major contribution to the understanding of modern Italian culture and, indeed, of twentieth-century avant-garde literature in general.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Willard Bohn is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Illinois State University.

  • Table of contents

    The Founder of Futurism

    F.T. Marinetti

    The First Phase

    Enrico Cavacchioli
    Aldo Palazzeschi
    Corrado Govini
    Luciano Folgore
    Libero Altomare
    Armando Mazza
    Auro d'Alba
    Francesco Cangiullo
    Mario Betuda
    Gesualdo Manzella Frontini
    Paolo Buzzi

    The 'Lacerba' Group

    Dinamo Correnti
    Alberto Viviani
    Aredengo Soffici

    Free-Word Painters

    Umberto Boccioni
    Carlo Carra
    Giacomo Balla
    Fortunato Depaero

    The 'Italis Futurista' Group

    Bruno Corra
    Mario Carli
    Mario Dessy
    Primo Conti

    Free-Word Poets

    Guglielmo Jannelli
    Volt
    Nelson Morpurgo

    The Second Phase: The 1920s

    Alfredo Trimarco
    Sofronio Pocarini
    Ruggero Vasari

    'I nuovi poeti futuristi'

    Loris Catrizzi
    Silvio Cremonesi
    Emilio Mario Dolfi
    Escodame
    Fillia
    Giovanni Gerbino
    Alberto Vianello
    Enzo Mainardi
    Oreste Marchesi
    Alceo Policaldi
    Farfa

    The 1930s

    Fortunato Bellonzi
    Giacomo Giardina
    Krimer
    Pino Masnata
    Bruno Aschieri
    Bruno Sanzin
    Luigi Pennone
    Gepo Tedeschi
    Sebastiano Carta
    Ignazio Scurto
    Emilio Buccafusca
    Laure Serra
    Gaetano Pattarozzi
    Elio Balestreri
    Castrense Civello

    The 1940s

    Ennio de Concini
    Maria Goretti
    Dina Cucini
    Franco Maria Corneli
    Piero Bellanova
    Carlo Belloli

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