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Ugo Foscolo

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Department
European Studies
Course
EURO 1200
Professor
Paola Mayer
Semester
Fall

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Foscolo is the first europeon writer who lived in Italian after the french revolution Foscolo born in greece after french revolution italy is mostly controlled by france 1815 the congress of vienna, austrian empire replaces france as the main political power dominating italy austria was a very conservative power Foscolo believes there is a chance for Italy to become independent Letter of Jacopo Ortis, and Of tombs seals Foscolo's fate in italy Austrian government offers him the editor of a journal Foscolo decides he can't do it so he leaves italy and goes to switzerland then heads to england, and stays there when he arrives in england, he is hailed as the greatest italian writer of the time when he dies, it is in bad economic conditions when italy was unified, foscolo's remain were transported to the basilica of santa croce in Florence, with the great artists of italy The Last Letter of Jacopo was very much like Goethe's The sorrows of Young Wether, a great deal of emulation influence short and long influence that would last for generations ortis' love for his homeland and his bleak descriptions of venice and italy under foreign rule inspired gene ratios of italians who longed for national independence the unification of italy the end of foreign domination of italians main themes ortis's two passion: love for teresa and love for italy innovation, novels today are long narratives that unfold in a certain way this is a modern invention, in Italy epic poems were known as novels, lots of uncertainty what a novel is until the 18th C the last letters is often considered the first italian novel ortis and pre romantic sensibility: "the pre romantic hero is caught up in frenzied quest for a inner coherence and sense of unity which forever elude him." (radcliff-umstead, ugo foscolo, pg 520 in this case neither of his two loves will come to fruition passion are the ruling forces of human life very important, a very passionate book, the theme of political passions the aspiration to the freedom and independence of italy admiration for the work of art of the creative genius nature is wild and majestic, a source of emotion and religious exalta
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