The Poetry of Giovanni Meli

Sep 01, 2015 374

You are cordially invited to attend a special program at the Italian American Museum this Friday evening, September 4th. Professor Gaetano Cipolla will present "The Poetry of Giovanni Meli", volume XIV of the successful series "Pueti d'Arba Sicula/Poets of Arba Sicula."

The goal of the series is to present the best poetry written in Sicilian as a way of introducing the Sicilian soul to the English-speaking community. The poets are the best ambassador of a people and it is through their voices that Sicily speaks to the world.

Giovanni Meli is undoubtedly the greatest Sicilian poet of all time. Professor Cipolla who has already translated Meli's Origini di lu munnu, Favuli morali, Don Chisciotti and Sanciu Panza as well as many other single poems, has assembled an impressive anthology that includes most of his Odes, a sampling of the Buccolica and many other poems never translated before. This 356-page bilingual anthology (with the Sicilian and English translation on the same page) offers readers a wonderful opportunity to marvel at the breadth of Meli's interests and the depth of his learning, while savoring his wit, charm and wisdom. Giovanni Meli was called the "perfect Sicilian poet" by his French translator because he embodied the best of Sicilian values. Meli's poetry is a must for anyone who wants to understand Sicilian culture.

Friday, September 4th, 6:30 P.M.

Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) - New York, NY 10013 - Suggested donation of $10 per person- RSVP Code: Meli0904 - For reservations please call the

Italian American Museum at 212.965.9000 or Email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

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