Hopscotch Translation Series: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli w/ Taije Silverman & Marina Della Putta Johnston
Hopscotch Translation Series:
Please join us for a reading and discussion of
Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli
w/ translators Taije Silverman & Marina Della Putta Johnston!
About SELECTED POEMS OF GIOVANNI PASCOLI
Giovanni Pascoli (1855–1912)—the founder of modern Italian poetry and one of Italy’s most beloved poets—has been compared to Robert Frost for his evocation of natural speech, his bucolic settings, and the way he bridges poetic tradition and the beginnings of modernism. Featuring verse from throughout his career, and with the original Italian on facing pages, Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli is a comprehensive and authoritative collection of a fascinating and major literary figure.
Reading this poet of nature, grief, and small-town life is like traveling through Italy’s landscapes in his footsteps—from Romagna and Bologna to Rome, Sicily, and Tuscany—as the country transformed from an agrarian society into an industrial one. Mixing the elevated diction of Virgil with local slang and the sounds of the natural world, these poems capture sense-laden moments: a train’s departure, a wren’s winter foraging, and the lit windows of a town at dusk. Incorporating revolutionary language into classical scenes, Pascoli’s poems describe ancient rural dramas—both large and small—that remain contemporary.
Framed by an introduction, annotations, and a substantial chronology, Taije Silverman and Marina Della Putta Johnston’s translations render the variety, precision, and beauty of Pascoli’s poetry with a profoundly current vision.
TAIJE SILVERMAN is the author of Houses Are Fields, published in 2009. Her more recent poems have been in The Best American Poetry series, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Honors include a Fulbright Award, The Anne Halley Prize from The Massachusetts Review, and the W.K. Rose Fellowship from Vassar College. She teaches creative writing and literary translation at The University of Pennsylvania.
MARINA DELLA PUTTA JOHNSTON teaches in the Italian Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is not a poet but is grateful to Taije Silverman for leading her to rediscover a poet from her Italian childhood. Marina normally moves among the architect-engineers of the fifteenth century and the drawings in their technical treatises - a poetry of sorts, but of a very different kind - on which she presents at international conferences and publishes scholarly articles. Following her renewed interest for Giovanni Pascoli, she is currently working on a book project on food in the poet's life and writings, tentatively titled "Wine and Grain". At Pascoli's Table.
**This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania**
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104