Giovanni Berchet

Giovanni Berchet (1783–1851) was an Italian poet and patriot. He wrote an influential manifesto on Italian Romanticism, Lettera semiseria di Grisostomo, which appeared in 1816, and contributed to Il Conciliatore, a reformist periodical.
Berchet was born in Milan. He participated in various nationalist activities, including the revolutions that shook the Italian peninsula in 1821. Thereafter, he lived in exile, primarily in Britain, until returning to Italy to take part in the revolutions of 1848. His works include Il trovatore, Il romito del Cenisio, and, most famously, I profughi di Parga (1821).
Lettera semiseria (Half-serious letter) presents the translations (written by Berchet) of two poems by Gottfried August Bürger as an example of a new kind of poetry, and expresses the author's thought about contents and language that can reach a new public: that is, no longer a public of academic readers, but the so called "third class", i.e. the bourgeoisie, which is waiting for books that are interesting, full of real feelings, simple in language, without mythology and classic models.
This text took an important part in the debate over Romanticism that developed in Italy (specially in Milan) in the second decade of the 19th century.
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Writing & Arrangement

CL. 0482 Giovanni Berchet - 1861-1961 - Poesie Risorgimentali album art Arnoldo Foà Il Giuramento Di Pontida (as Berchet) Arnoldo Foà - 1861-1961 - Poesie Risorgimentali(7", EP) Cetra CL. 0482 Italy 1961 Sell This Version

Acting, Literary & Spoken

BLI 2018 Giovanni Berchet - Risorgimento album art Various da « Il romito del Cenisio » Various - Risorgimento(LP, Comp) Nuova Accademia Disco BLI 2018 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
BLI 2013 Giovanni Berchet - Illuminismo E Romanticismo album art Various Il trovatore Various - Illuminismo E Romanticismo(LP, Comp) Nuova Accademia Disco BLI 2013 Italy 1964 Sell This Version