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Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni$
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Francesca Southerden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698455.001.0001

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‘Sei più in là’

‘Sei più in là’

The Destination of Poetry, the Limits of Identity1

(p.258) Conclusion ‘Sei più in là’
Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

Francesca Southerden

Oxford University Press

The conclusion to the study reaffirms the originality of Sereni’s response to the problems of identity and of the new territory he creates for the lyric ‘I’. It reiterates the centrality of the liminality topos for understanding where his subject is left by the experience of desire, and the importance of deixis as a syntactical matrix for its expression. The complex intertextual dialogue that Sereni stages with a range of poets and authors from the medieval to the modern period inserts him into a poetic genealogy that extends as far back as Dante and Petrarch and finds its resolution in the poet’s sense of limit. The textual beyond he cannot reach is increasingly synonymous with the more complete version of poetry and the self that these earlier authors represent for him, and his inability to rediscover the same conditions for writing poetry that had existed before

Keywords:   Sereni, Dante, Petrarch, Montale, Zanzotto, identity, lyric, intertextuality, deixis, loss

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