Leopardi

Giacomo Leopardi was an Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, and philologist. He was born in Recanati in 1798, a small town near Macerata. During his life he acquired an enormous amount of knowledge, studying Latin, French, Greek, English, German, Spanish, philology, the translation of the classics and Roman Catholic philosophy. However, this “mad and desperate study”, as he called it, ruined his health: he began suffering from nervous disorders and severe backaches, his eyesight weakened. He travelled around Italy, moving from town to town: Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence and Naples. Here, he died during the cholera epidemic of 1837. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment, and, by his own literary evolution, created a remarkable and renowned poetic work related to the Romantic era. His works have been translated and admired by writers, scholars, and poets all over the world.

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