Sunday, 8 March 2015

Francesco Morelli, poet of Squinzano

On Friday evening, the Centro studi Sigismondo Castromediano e Gino Rizzo of Cavallino (Lecce) has hosted the presentation of the book Aedo delle Muse. F. Morelli, fra Otto e Novecento written by Emilio Filieri.

To discuss with Emilio Filieri, have been invited Antonio Lucio Giannone 

and Fabio D’Astore, both of them Professors of Università del Salento.

The debate was gladdened by the Sabrina Liù Luciani’s Celtic harp, who has played music of Reniè, Rousseau, Andrès, Einaudi and Pescini.

Francesco Morelli (1878 – 1965) was born in Squinzano, north of Lecce.

He has composed poems in dialect, between the 1909 and 1960.

He wrote poems to celebrate some special moments of life such as wedding, holidays, baptism etc.

Morelli can rightly be considered a poet of the Nineteenth century, pretty far by the existentialism poetry of the Twentieth century.

His poems recall historical and religious topics. 

He has even composed a poem on Kennedy.

The poem Lu Teatru is interesting because of its anthropological perspective on Squinzano.

Indeed, he mentions Tito Schipa while performing in theater.

Additionally, Morelli mentions Frassaniti, who actually was the first reviewer of Futurismo.

In Li Maccaruni Morelli praises pasta, a true symbol of belpaese.

No food give the same satisfaction as Li Maccaruni do.

At this stage, the speakers stop talking: it is the round of Sabrina and her Celtic harp.

The conference-room gets delighted by the sweet sound of the harp.

Actually, Sabrina has got a successful career on national basys so far.

It seems to me that she fully deserves her success.

A beautiful lady sat beside me has given a start while listening to her music.

The spearkers resume the dialogue describing Morelli and his work.

Trilussa had magnified the variety of the subjects treated by Morelli.

Morelli is an autodidact.

He attended the High school for just two years.

He was forced to quit it because his family wanted him to look after their property.

From his poems, we desume that he was not interested in politics at all.

Morelli seems to have got inspiration from Carducci and Pascoli.

However, he had definetely searched for a personal way of expression.

I am glad for having been here.

The municipality of Cavallino cares for culture.

Therefore, I have the strong feeling that I will come back here soon.

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