“The Valley of the Soul”, a spiritual autobiography, amidst rhymes, commentaries, quotes, and banter. Why do we read other people’s letters? to find traces of spontaneous literature
you always feel like god Voir To read the letters of others, even if the authors died in 1821. There are few texts capable of showing the secrecy of our heroes like letters sent to loved ones, at a time when it was the only way to communicate over a distance., The discourse is even more valid for those who do not leave diaries or autobiographical essays in life and publish about fifty poems, such as John Keats, whose shared image is of an artist consumed by the collection, who dies at the age of twenty-five with pen in hand. “I still think we will all die young,” he wrote in his last letter from Piazza di Spagna. In his letters to friends and brothers, Keats set no limits, neither on what he thinks nor on the form he uses: texts are often colloquial flows where the mind pours directly onto the pages, as if all the creative energy and hard balance had already been used to refine to the maximum Ode to the Greek Urn St. Agneso’s Eve, and correspondence was a blank space to acknowledge any explosion. The poet himself puts it: “When I write a long letter I have to be able to follow my own whims … for whole pages to be too heavy or too light … to be quirky and immune to tropes and figures “. So we find ourselves in the middle of a story of a very common trip to the Scottish countryside, slingshot into the poems of a spontaneous ballad and then thoughtful fraternity, between Byron’s quotes, socio-political remarks: “These be the Americans. can be nice, but they are not sublime…” and declare “I like nice weather… it is the thing that gives me the most joy. Give me books, fruit, French wine, nice weather, and some outdoor music …and I could spend the summer in peace without worrying too much about that fat boy Luigi [XVIII]”. As Alessandro Galenzi, who edited these selected papers for Adelphi, says, valley of the soul (the most complete collection ever found in Italian), “thus the correspondence becomes more than a tool for biographical confirmation, a kind of spiritual autobiography,
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