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Quellʼossessivo ragionare sul mistero del nostro apprendimento» : uno studio filologico di Poesie (1974-1992) e Tre risvegli di Patrizia Cavalli

Abstract : The dissertation presented here confronts the surprising lack of literary criticism around the poetry of Patrizia Cavalli. Whilst she is considered one of the most significant authors in the contemporary poetry scene, her oeuvre was never the subject of a monographic study.Cavalli’s work becomes established over the late extraordinary period of the twentieth-century literary production, curiously overlapping with the years spanning between 1975 and 1991 that Eric Hobsbawm calls The Landslide of the Short Twentieth Century. The absence of a political dimension in life is already made evident in her first book published in 1976, titled "Le mie poesie non cambieranno il mondo" (My poems won’t change the world: selected poems).Conversely, what is vital in Cavalli’s poetry is her investigation on the use of language,which is crucially the focus of her attention. Following up the research carried out by celebrated authors over the years, the analytical chapters presented here examine in depth Cavalli's intense manipulation of language, as well as the ethical and esthetical significance of her poetic research.In the attempt to address the lack of critical work on the topic of Cavalli’s poetry with a robust analytical approach, this study chose to focus its exploration efforts on the poems collected in the book Poesie (1974-1992) who collects the first three anthologies written by Cavalli.The libretto Tre risvegli (2009), representing Cavalli's unique digression into the territory of opera, was also chosen to provide a basis of comparison between the analytical findings in her earlier poetry and her later work.The apparently self-crafting poetic language that can be found in Poesie (1974-1992) and in Tre risvegli reveals a consciousness that seems to forge itself autonomously, established as it is in the poet's mind by the cyclical rhythms and sudden changes of the weather. In this language, the self is only a grammatical conceit with a precarious presence, with the poet's mind reflected on the superficial aspect of her writing.Paradoxically, this analytical study shows that in both Poesie (1974-1992) and Tre risvegli the superficial aspect of Cavalli's language is both the starting point and the endpoint of her exploration. In both, what is shown is the mystery of poetry, not conveying a specific meaning, but declaring itself as a tableau that serves to meditate on the emotional experience, specifically Cavalli’s chief focus of interest.
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Rosalia Gambatesa. Quellʼossessivo ragionare sul mistero del nostro apprendimento» : uno studio filologico di Poesie (1974-1992) e Tre risvegli di Patrizia Cavalli. Literature. Université de Lorraine; Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro (Bari, Italie), 2019. Italian. ⟨NNT : 2019LORR0302⟩. ⟨tel-02880662⟩

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