Gavino Contini

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Gavino Contini
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Born(1860-12-12)12 December 1860
Died24 July 1915(1915-07-24) (aged 59)
Siligo, Italy

Gavino Contini (in Sardinian, Gavinu Còntene) ((12 December 1860 – 24 July 1915)) was a Sardinian poet, was probably the greatest exponent of improvised poetry of Sardinia, certainly the most beloved.[1]

Life and work[edit]

He was born in Siligo in a modest house in the oldest part of the village. After attending three years of elementary school, he devoted himself to work in the fields with his father, but he had always cultivated her passion for reading history books and poetry. In 1875 was enlisted in the Corps of the Royal Guard and was stationed in Rome. In a poetry contest for Victor Emmanuel II's birthday was awarded in recognition of his art, a life annuity. Forced by illness in 1890 left the Corps and returned to Siligo where he lived with his sisters Raimonda and Anatolia, and from that moment he devoted himself entirely to poetry.[2]


  1. ^ He was ready and witty, lively and armed with irony (...) Extremely popular in the villages where they had often applauded him and encouraged, he was beloved especially for the wit that rejoiced his verses ......, Michele Saba, Il Giornale d'Italia, 8 agosto 1915.
  2. ^ Giommaria Dettori, Gavinu Contene, Alghero, 1983 p.7

Collections of poetry[edit]

  • Antonio Carta (a cura di), Poesie/Gavino Contini, Sassari, 1967
  • Don Giommaria Dettori (a cura di), Gavinu Contene , 1983
  • Antonio Cuccu (a cura di), Gavinu Contini cun sa morte. – Cenni sulla vita del povero agricoltore, Cagliari, s.d.
  • G. Contini, Esistentzia e onnipotentzia de Deus. Critica contr'a Moretti e Poddighe, Cagliari, Litotip. TEA.

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