La Cleopatra (poem)

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La Cleopatra
La Cleopatra - Girolamo Graziani (1632).jpg
Cover of the Epic Poem "La Cleopatra" (1632) by Girolamo Graziani
Author Girolamo Graziani
Original title La Cleopatra Poema in XIII Canti
Country Italy
Language Italian
Genre epic poem
Publisher Sarzina (Italy)
Publication date
1632
Pages 344
Preceded by L'Iride, per le nozze serenissime di Maria Farnese Principessa di Parma e Francesco d'Este Duca di Modena. Canzone, Reggio, Flaminio Bartoli, 1631
Followed by La Calisto. Panegirico in sesta rima alle glorie di Cristina regina di Svezia, Parigi, Agostino Courbé, 1644

La Cleopatra /lʌklɛɒpˈɑːtrʌ/ is an epic poem in 13 songs by Girolamo Graziani (1604 - 1674). The work was very successful at the time and was praised by many famous writers, including Fulvio Testi.[1][2]

The Plot[edit]

It deals with the story of love and war of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. It is full of pathetic-sentimental scenes that drag towards the end granted with the final double suicide (Cleopatra commits suicide, after witnessing the suicide of Mark Antony).

Curiosity[edit]

It contains a prophecy in which Proteus vaticinates the Este's Kinship from Augustus.

Editions[edit]

  • Venice, Sarzina, 1632
  • Venice, 1633
  • Bologna, Per Carlo Zenero, 1652
  • Venice, Francesco Brogiollo, 1670

Bibliography[edit]

  • Camillo Marchesini, Vita del Conte Girolamo Gratiani, now in: Giulio Bertoni, Vita del Conte Girolamo Graziani scritta da Camillo Marchesini, "Studi e documenti", vol. 1, fasc. II, (sept. 1937-XV), pages 131-5.
  • Girolamo Tiraboschi, Biblioteca Modenese, Modena, Soliani, 1783, tomo III, pagg. 12-22.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "GRAZIANI, Girolamo". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 58 (2002). Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  2. ^ * Rosa Galli Pellegrini, La Tragédie Italienne à l'école du classicisme Français: le rôle de Chapelain dans la genèse du "Cromuele" de Graziani, “Quaderni del Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, Università di Genova”, 2-1987.

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