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
AuthorGirolamo Graziani
Original titleLa Cleopatra Poema in XIII Canti
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian
Genreepic poem
PublisherSarzina (Italy)
Publication date
1632
Pages344
Preceded byL'Iride, per le nozze serenissime di Maria Farnese Principessa di Parma e Francesco d'Este Duca di Modena. Canzone, Reggio, Flaminio Bartoli, 1631 
Followed byLa Calisto. Panegirico in sesta rima alle glorie di Cristina regina di Svezia, Parigi, Agostino Courbé, 1644 

La Cleopatra 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

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

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

Editions

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

Bibliography

  • 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

  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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