Montale or Melancholy: A Response to Sandro Maxia

Maria Carla Papini


Sandro Maxia's reading of Montale's Mediterraneo offers itself as the starting point of an analysis putting into evidence the metapoetic component of Montale's poem. This component defines the difference between Montale's poetic experimentation, and the orphic standpoints in the poems of Michelstaedter, Campana, Ungaretti written some ten years before.


Montale; Mediterraneo; Poetry; Early 1900

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