Poetry


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This page contains an index of all poetic material written by Giuseppe Bonaccorso. It includes poems, poetic prose, and poetry books. All poems on this site have been released free of charge, although sometimes they have been published in magazines or poetry books.

    All poetry works have been written originally in Italian.

Poems

    • Job: This poem is inspired by the biblical figure of Job, tormented by physical and moral pain and engaged in a dialectical and conflictual relationship with God.
    • Tiresia: An existentialist and conflicted poem inspired by the well-known character from the Oedipus myth as told in Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus Rex.”
    • In the beginning was the Word: Surrealist and esoteric-inspired poetry focuses on the concept of the Word, the origin of everything, and its raw and evanescent material reality.
    • I dream of living in a hamlet of hovels: Poetry inspired by the dreamlike settings of Hieronymus Bosch, small Flemish villages, during winter evenings, among taverns and icy streets.
    • Infinite nigredo: Discover the thresholds of infinite nigredo with poetry and a Greek perfection: a soul weeping and laughing drunk on inevitable eternity.
    • Like the counterweight of a metronome: An unstoppable chronostasis: Discover how the moment hides behind a metronome beat and human existence in its unstoppable eternal presence.
    • Nymphs, elves, gods, and goats: Nymphs, elves, gods, and goats wait in the wings. Venus laughs, Pan wears herself out, flamenco dancers, and Polyphemus. Find inspiration in the dreams of Ulysses. Read Dusty Heaven in a mythological poem.
    • I rode a white beast: A white beast was recognizable among a thousand, and one led me to a grave beside the river. The spiral returns to grip me like a psychotic’s embrace. I ascend to forgotten times.
    • I would write about worlds never seen: Explore enchanted worlds and ineffable loves in this twilight poetry. A genre that captures the beauty and melancholy of sunset and sunrise.

Short compositions

    • Quartet of Short Poems no. 1: Quartet of short, hermetic poems, dreamlike and elegiac, based on contemplating memories and a faded present.

Poetic Prose

    • In Praise of Rain: Poetic prose shaped like an ode to rain and its charm, noises and silences, life hidden among the drops, and the subject’s point of view.
    • In Praise of the Fog: Poetic prose in praise of the fog, of its silent appearance to dissolve colors and shapes into an elegiac impressionist painting.
    • A clock ticks: Observe how the clock pulses, cartons roll, stolen words fill a void of systole and diastole, and how wind songs meet poetry!

Books

    • My poetry books in Italian: They include poems, poetic prose, and short poetry.

 

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Historical and Literary Considerations

Throughout history, poetry has been a powerful means of communication, enabling people to express their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in lyrical and captivating ways. Its origins can be traced back to antiquity, with ancient civilizations such as the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Greeks laying the foundation for the poetic tradition.

In ancient Mesopotamia, the Sumerians composed hymns and laments to honor their gods and goddesses. These poetic compositions were recited mainly during religious ceremonies and rituals. Similarly, Egyptians used poetry to praise their pharaohs and commemorate important events. Their poetic works often revolved around themes of love, nature, and the afterlife.

However, the ancient Greeks significantly contributed to the development and spread of poetry. Famous poets such as Homer, Hesiod, and Sappho created epic narratives, didactic poems, and lyrical verse that became the basis of the Western poetic tradition. Homer’s epic poems, “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” provided a model for storytelling and influenced countless poets over the centuries.

Homer, the author of the most important Greek poetry in a painting by Jean-Baptiste A. Leloir
Homer, the poet and author dei of the most important Greek poetic compositions in a painting by Jean-Baptiste A. Leloir

As time passed, poetry began to spread beyond its initial geographic boundaries. As empires, trade routes, and cultural exchange expanded, poetic traditions made their way to different regions of the world. The Islamic Golden Age, for example, saw the rise of Arabic poetry, with renowned poets such as Rumi and Hafiz gaining recognition for their mystical and poignant verses.

Chinese and Japanese poetry flourished in East Asia, with haiku and tanka becoming popular. These concise and evocative poems capture the beauty of nature and the fleeting moments of human existence. In India, ancient Sanskrit poetry, such as the Rigveda and Mahabharata, preserved the country’s rich mythological and philosophical traditions.

The spread of poetry continued during the era of European exploration and colonization. Poetic forms from different cultures merged, resulting in unique poetic styles. For example, the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries brought forth a new wave of poetry that celebrated individualism, nature, and imagination.

Today, poetry remains a vibrant art form transcending language and cultural barriers. From the works of Pablo Neruda in South America to the haiku of Matsuo Basho in Japan, poetry continues to evolve and adapt to changing times. It is a timeless medium for self-expression, social commentary, and emotional connection.

In conclusion, the origin of poetry can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where it served as a means of religious devotion, storytelling, and cultural expression. Over time, poetry has spread to various geographical areas, with different cultures adopting and adapting poetic forms to reflect their unique perspectives and experiences. The poetry journey unfolds, weaving the threads of human emotion and imagination worldwide.


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