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"Milosao": A Popular and Classical "Lyrical Romance"
Comparative Literature Studies
Vol. 7, No. 3 (Sep., 1970), pp. 336-353
Published by: Penn State University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40467912
Page Count: 18
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The Italo-Albanian poet Girolamo de Rada is a major representative of southern European romanticism. His Milosao (1836) is the poetic diary of a medieval Albanian prince who has fallen in love with a girl of low birth. The "lyrical romance" was lived in part by its author, who wrote it under the double influence of Albanian popular poetry (he was at the time collecting Albanian folk songs in his native village, Macchia, in Calabria) and Greek lyrical poetry (he had just graduated from the Sant'Adriano college, where the study of Greek was emphasized). Milosao is thus a hybrid combining elements from Albanian and Greek cultures and from Italian romantic poetry as well. It is at the same time a highly original work, written in a language that is the more suggestive as it is elliptical and at times even hermetic. (AP)
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