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Alda Merini (March 21, 1931 – November 1, 2009) was a renowned Italian writer and poet. She was born and died in Milan.
Alda Merini started her poetic career when she was really young and soon she gained the attention and the admiration of many famous Italian writers, like Giorgio Manganelli, Salvatore Quasimodo and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her intense, passionate and mystic writing style was influenced especially by the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
Her verses are mainly about her long and dramatic hospitalization in mental home (since 1964 to the late 1970s), and the "otherness" of madness in the creative expression. One of her masterpieces is L'altra verità. Diario di una diversa ("The other truth. Diary of a dropout"), Scheiwiller, 1986.
In 2007 she won the Elsa Morante Ragazzi Award with ‘Alda e Io – Favole’ written in cooperation with the fable writer Sabatino Scia
- (Italian) "E' morta la poetessa Alda Merini – cantò il dolore degli esclusi". La Repubblica. November 1, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
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