Italian Metrics and Stylistics (m) (2019/2020)

Course code
4S000920
Name of lecturer
Arnaldo Soldani
Coordinator
Arnaldo Soldani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to offer a knowledge of formal structures of Italian literature, with particular attention to poetic metric, and to encourage the ability to autonomously analyze texts. Specific targets: 1) provide a methodical approach to the metric system of Italian, in its different components; 2) conduct a detailed analysis of one metric genre, which shows the relations with the other elements of style as a system (language, argumentative processes, discursive setting). By the end of the course, students should be able to apply the acquired knowledge, and to autonomously carry out an analysis of the formal features of an Italian poetic text, as an essential element for its general interpretation.

Syllabus

The course is divided into two main parts:

1) Italian metric system:
• Metrics and rhythm.
• Verse.
• Rhyme.
• Stanzas.
• Metric genres.

2) Metrics of contemporary Italian poetry:
• Free verse and the loosening of formal metrical structures.
• Metric systems of some classical poets of the twentieth century.
• “Neometric” experimentations.
• Relations with other elements of poetic discourse.


TEACHING METHODS
Frontal lessons.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

P.G. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Bologna, il Mulino, 1996 (o successive edizioni). ISBN 978-88-15-24055-2
M. Praloran, Metro e ritmo nella poesia italiana. Guida anomala ai fondamenti della versificazione, Firenze, Sismel – Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2011. ISBN 9788884504388
P.V. Mengaldo, Questioni metriche novecentesche, in Id., La tradizione del Novecento. Terza serie, Torino, Einaudi, 1991, pp. 27-74. ISBN 88-06-12703-9
A. Afribo, Questioni metriche postreme, in S. Albonico, A. Juri (a cura di), Misure del testo. Metodi, problemi e frontiere della metrica italiana, Pisa, Edizioni ETS, 2018, pp. 223-239. ISBN 978-88-467-5328-1

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P.G. Beltrami Gli strumenti della poesia il Mulino 1996 978-88-15-24055-2
M. Praloran Metro e ritmo nella poesia italiana. Guida anomala ai fondamenti della versificazione Sismel – Edizioni del Galluzzo 2011 9788884504388
P.V. Mengaldo Questioni metriche novecentesche, in Id., La tradizione del Novecento Terza serie, pp. 27-74 Einaudi 1991 88-06-12703-9
A. Afribo Questioni metriche postreme, in S. Albonico, A. Juri (a cura di), Misure del testo. Metodi, problemi e frontiere della metrica italiana, pp. 223-239 Edizioni ETS 2018 978-88-467-5328-1

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam about the two parts of the course: Italian metric system and metrics of contemporary Italian poetry.