California Italian Studies
Come un fulgore azzurro: Umberto Saba and the Verdian Sound of Italy
- Author(s): Acetoso, Mattia
- et al.
This article probes the political contours of the fascination that the Italian poet Umberto Saba (1883-1957) had for the composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Born in Trieste in the late 19th century, when the city was still a province of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Saba aspired to participate in the Italian literary tradition. Saba profoundly identified with Verdi, whom he saw as a symbol of Italy itself. Through a close analysis of the textual and intellectual influence of the composer on Saba's poetry, I argue that Verdi is decisive in Saba's struggle to shape his Italian national identity.