Giuseppe Giochino Belli (1791-1863) was an official in the Roman government who in the 1830s and 40s wrote 2,279 sonnets in Romanesco, the Roman dialect of Italian. John Wright, emeritus professor in the Northwestern Classics Department, first encountered Romanesco as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he stole time from more respectable projects to translate work from the 14th century. He's been translating Belli's sonnets since April of 2017, and invites you to come enjoy the work of this poet "whose usual imagined speaker in these poems is dirt poor, ignorant, opinionated, bigoted, and brash, and always ready to explain anything to anyone who will listen."
John Wright: Roman Sonnets by G.G. Belli
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201