VERNACULAR POET G. G. BELLI 2013 ITALY MNH

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On 23 November 2013 Italy issued a 0.85 Euro stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Roman poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli famous for his poetry in the local dialect. After marrying a rich woman in 1816, he was able to pursue his literary ambitions. During his sojourn in Northern Italy he became a friend of vernacular poetry celebrity Carlo Porta. Belli’s poetry was often a satire of the high hierarchy of the Church and of the powerful. He produced over 2,200 sonnets, many of them never published during his lifetime because he deemed them very controversial, or of erotic and vulgar nature. Ironically enough, he left in his will instructions for a Catholic Monsignor to destroy them. The gentleman did not comply and posterity has ever since enjoyed Belli’s work uncensored (by him or anyone else). Politically he was a supporter of the Pope’s government, and quite surprisingly he was appointed censor of theatrical works.
His posthumous survival and success as poet centre around the sincerity of his sonnets and the way they “say it as it is”. His surly love for his native city is expressed in observations like this: “Our common people have no art: no art of speaking, nor poetical, just as any common people never had. Everything springs spontaneously from their own nature, always alive and strong, because left free to develop non-artificial qualities…”. His poem titled The Truth ends as follows: “The Almighdy wants our mouths ta be sincere / An yet men wanna paste’em over with a seal? / Nah! Stick ta the truth, ‘n dudy, always, ‘n ya got nuthen’a fear!”

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