Italian Metrics and Stylistics (m) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Arnaldo Soldani
Arnaldo Soldani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

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.


The course is divided into two main parts:

1) Italian metric system:
• metrics and rhythm.
• verse.
• rhyme.
• stanzas.
• metric genres.

2) Italian “ottava rima”:
• metric structure.
• origin and history.
• functions in metric system.
• relations with other elements of poetic discourse.

Teaching methods: frontal lessons.

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
M. Praloran, Il poema in ottava, Roma, Carocci, 2003. ISBN 88-430-2658-5
A. Soldani, L’ottava di Boccaccio e di alcuni cantari trecenteschi. Uno studio tipologico, in «Stilistica e metrica italiana», 15, 2015, pp. 41-82.

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 Il poema in ottava Carocci 2003 88-430-2658-5
M. Praloran Metro e ritmo nella poesia italiana. Guida anomala ai fondamenti della versificazione Sismel – Edizioni del Galluzzo 2011 9788884504388

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam about the two parts of the course: Italian metric system and Italian “ottava rima”.