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By Anthony Burgess

ABBA ABBA delves right into a literary secret with all the originality, mind's eye, and have fun with that readers have prized within the writer of A Clockwork Orange, 1985, and Nothing just like the Sun.

In this novel, Anthony Burgess conjectures the prospective assembly in Rome in 1820 or 1821 of 2 ideally suited masters of the sonnet shape. One is John Keats, who's loss of life in a home at the Spanish Steps. the opposite is Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli-an tremendous talented poet little recognized outdoors Rome, simply because he writes unsentimental, frequently blasphemous poems within the tough dialect of town streets. within the first a part of the e-book, Burgess units out a sensational literary hypothesis: If Belli had recognized Keats, might the latter have inspired him? If Keats had recognized Belli, may possibly Keats have followed anything of the Italian's earthy sort into his personal verse? the second one half deals a canny collection of Belli's occasionally stunning poetry, translated into English with the entire chunk and verbal aptitude of the originals via one "J. J. Wilson"-who, through a stroke of excellent fortune, looks to have the singular presents of the novel's writer himself.

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151 S. o. S. 29. L. ] 238. ] 238 Anm. 4 spricht von den termini idillici“ des Gedichts. Zur ” Verwendung des Begriffs in der antiken Literaturkritik vgl. M. Fantuzzi, DNP s. v. Eidyllion. ¨ 152 Vgl. den Uberblick in DNP s. v. Bukolik; B. Effe/G. Binder: Antike Hirtendichtung. D¨ usseldorf 2001. ] 7 ff. 32 Einleitung den Anf¨ angen bis in die Sp¨ atantike deutlich gewandelt. W¨ahrend in archaischer und klassischer Zeit stets der Mensch im Vordergund stand und Naturschilderungen wie die der Grotte der Kalypso (Hom.

1049. 149 Vgl. RE V A [1914] 698–702; unsicherer Werktitel Chorographia. 150 Ordo urbium nobilium, verfaßt allerdings wohl erst nach seiner R¨ uckkehr nach Bordeaux. Zur Chronologie vgl. ] 16–18. ] 735. Vgl. auch zu V. 31 und unten S. 33 (Landschaftsbeschreibung). 151 S. o. S. 29. L. ] 238. ] 238 Anm. 4 spricht von den termini idillici“ des Gedichts. Zur ” Verwendung des Begriffs in der antiken Literaturkritik vgl. M. Fantuzzi, DNP s. v. Eidyllion. ¨ 152 Vgl. den Uberblick in DNP s. v. Bukolik; B.

S. 22): Der Leser befindet sich eingangs auf der Heerstraße durch den Hunsr¨ uck, dann steht er auf einer Anh¨ ohe u ¨ber dem Moseltal, der Hymnus ab V. 23 reflektiert die optischen Eindr¨ ucke unmittelbar vom Flußufer aus; ¨ahnlich V. 196–199. 166 Einbezogen in diese Spannung sind auch die typologischen Denkformen, die in der Mosella auftreten: Valentinian erschließt als neuer Alexander bislang unbekannte Regionen (V. 424) und sichert den Rhein als verus limes in Erf¨ ullung Vergilischer Prophetie (V.

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