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LEOPARDI A NAPLES

Le séjour de Giacomo Leopardi de Naples a duré de 1833 à 1837, non seulement motivé par ses besoins de santé, mais aussi par sa grande amitié avec Antonio Ranieri .

Leopardi  en 1827-1828 à Florence avait déjà goûté le plaisir de la “conversation napolitaine” en raison de l’association avec des artistes napolitains. A Florence, Alessandro Poerio présenta Antonio Ranieri  à Leopardi .

Entre les deux naquit une grande amitié qui en 1830 les amena à passer cinq mois ensemble à Rome. En 1832, Ranieri  revint à Naples, sa ville natale, et les deux  commencèrent une correspondance .

Le 2 Octobre 1883 Leopardi  atteint Ranieri à Naples  en espérant que le climat doux de la ville lui prévaux pour la santé. Les deux logèrent dans la Via S. Mattia n ° 88 sur le deuxième étage du Palais Berio près de la Place St. Ferdinand .

Dans les jours suivants l’arrivée, Leopardi écrit une courte lettre à son père : «Je suis venu ici …, heureusement sans blessure et sans honte. Ma santé, d’ailleurs,  n’est pas très bonne et les yeux sont toujours dans le même état. Mais la douceur du climat, la beauté de la ville et le caractère aimable et bienveillant des habitants me sont  très agréables.” Cet  enthousiasme bientôt se termina, en raison des rélations pas idylliques avec des intellectuels napolitains, qui n’ont jamais perdu une occasion de se moquer de lui et de l’appeler « o’ranavuottolo ”  la grenouille,  quand ils le virent  assis à la table dans le bar “Deux Siciles ” où  Leopardi était un visiteur habituel.

Après deux mois, Leopardi et Ranieri se déplacèrent  vers Via Santa Maria Ogni Bene n. 35, au quartier  Vomero, où on pouvait  respirer ” le meilleur air de Naples.” A la veille du déménagement, il y eut  la saisie de ses  “Petites œuvres morales».

Pendant ses années à Naples, Leopardi se consacra à l’écriture de “Réflexions”, un peu plus tard, l’état de santé du poète se détériora, et quand à Naples a éclaté l’épidémie de choléra, Leopardi  alla avec Ranieri dans la Villa Ferrigni à Torre del Greco, où il est resté de l’été de cette année à Février 1837.

Pendant son séjour aux pieds du Vésuve Leopardi se consacra à l’œuvre  “Le  Genêt ou la fleur du désert », un des plus célèbres poèmes lyriques, où il exprime l’attachement à la vie en jugeant la nature tyranne. En 1837, il retourna à Naples avec Ranieri, mais son état de santé s’aggrava et il est décédé  soudainement le 14 Juin de cette année après avoir ressenti une malaise  à la fin d’un repas.

Selon le témoignage de Antonio Ranieri, Leopardi est mort à 21 heures dans ses bras et ses derniers mots furent «Au revoir, Totonno, je ne vois plus de lumière .”  Ensuite Ranieri a publié une notice nécrologique dans le journal « Progrès».

Leopardi est mort à l’âge de 39 ans, dans une période où le choléra a frappé la ville de Naples.

Giacomo Leopardi morente

Grâce  à Antonio Ranieri, qui intéresa de la question  le ministre de la police, les restes de Leopardi ne furent pas jetés dans une fosse commune, comme  les règles d’hygiène strictes exigéaient à cause du choléra, mais enterrés dans l’atrium de l’église de San Vitale, à Fuorigrotta .

En 1939, les restes ont été déplacés au Parc Vergiliano à Piedigrotta – appelé le parc du tombeau de Virgile dans le quartier Mergellina, et le site a été déclaré monument national.

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NAPLES – THE LAST DECADES AS A CAPITAL

Naples image during the second Bourbon restoration is certainly disappointing.

Ferdinand tried to adopt a conciliatory policy towards the bourgeoisie, accommodating the political and social rise with the purpose of putting an end to the strong isolation which hit the Bourbon Dynasty.

But it did not happen so, and shortly the first revolutionary movements burst, when at first the province and than the town center were protagonists.

The short Ferdinand I’s reign, shaped on neutrality, could not solve the environment degradation problems plaguing ancient Naples. An image about Naples asleep in the restoration is given by Stendahl in his work “Rome, Naples, Florence” telling the conditions in which Naples lived and expressing at the best the appeal spread by the city on that author.

Ferdinand II ascended the throne when he was just twenty in 1830 and he tried to discuss the relations with political men and intellectuals who found a rather good support during that cultural growth. Naples became a good social life center with many theatres appearing operative.

Many exiles, escaped from the Bourbon repression, returned and among those there was Antonio Ranieri who described the political and cultural life in the capital by his work “State of literature in Naples and Sicily”(1883).

Many cultural magazines flourished having the aim of educating the population to homeland love. The most successful magazine was “Il Progresso” by Giuseppe Ricciardi. G. Ricciardi believed progress at the base of historicism starting the behavior which makes us think today is better than yesterday.

Many critic opinions were started by Leopardi who thought progress not good for man, as man is only seeking happiness.

In addition we have some memories production by the protagonists of Risorgimento, witnesses suffering in Bourbon jails, among whom was Guglielmo Pepe accusing in his work “Memories – 1848” the heavy Bourbon repression.

Luigi Settembrini, by his work “Memories from my life” – 1879, an autobiography, describes the repression hitting many intellectuals, and the bourbon motto: teaching = conspiring, as the Bourbons well understood the dangerous action of intellectuals.

In spite of many signals about cultural growth and new public renovating works, unemployment and overpopulation weighed on the kingdom. Between 1836-1837 there was a large cholera crisis.

In 1859-50 Francis II ascended the throne. It was the year of the One thousand expedition and the arrival of Garibaldi in The Two Sicilys Kingdom with the aim of conquering it in the name of Victor Emanuel.

By the annexation to the Kingdom of Savoy and Victor Emanuel as King, the town tuned its page.

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LEOPARDI IN NAPLES

Giacomo Leopardi stayed in Naples from 1833 to 1837, not only because of his health needs but also because of his great friendship with Antonio Ranieri. Already in 1827-1828 in Florence Leopardi tasted the pleasure of  “Neapolitan conversation” thanks to his visiting some  Naples artists.

In Florence, Alessandro Poerio  introduced Leopardi to Antonio Ranieri. Between the two young men a great friendship developed which brought them to spend  five months together in Rome  in 1830. In 1832 Ranieri went back to Naples, his birth place, and between the two men a frequent correspondence started.

On october 2nd 1832  Leopardi reached  Ranieri in Naples hoping the mild climate in town would be positive for his health. Both lived in Via San Mattia n° 88 on the second floor  of Palace Berio near San Ferdinando Square.

During the days following his arrival, Leopardi wrote e short letter to his father:  “… I arrived here luckily, namely without damage and misfortune. My health furthermore isn’t a big deal and my eyes are always in  the same state. The climate mildness, the town amenities and the lovable,  good hearted  character of the citizens give me a pleasant feeling.” Such an enthusiasm came soon to an end because of the not quite idyllic relations with the neapolitan intellectuals, who didn’t loose any occasion to mock him and call him “o’ ranavuottolo” (a little frog) each time when they saw him sitting at the table in  coffee shop “Two Sicilies” regularly visited by Leopardi.

Two months later Leopardi and Ranieri moved to Via S. Maria Ogni Bene n°35, in  district Vomero  where the best air in Naples could be breathed. On the eve of the house moving  his “Operette morali” (Moral Works) were confiscated.

During the years spent in Naples, Leopardi busied himself with the writing of his “Pensieri” (Thoughts), but shortly  Leopardi’s  health conditions got worse  and, when in Naples  a cholera epidemic exploded, Leopardi moved with Ranieri to the Villa Ferrigni in Torre del Greco, where he stayed from  summer in that year till February 1837. During his  Vesuvian  stay Leopardi worked about his poem “The broom or desert flower”, one of his most famous  lyrics, where he expresses  his  clinging to life and and judges nature a tyrant.

In 1837 he went back to Naples with Ranieri, but his health conditions got worse and on June 14th in that year he suddenly died, after feeling sick at the end of a meal.

According to the witness of Antonio Ranieri, Leopardi died at 9 p.m. in Antonio’s  arms and his last words were: “Farewell, Totonno, I don’t see light any longer”. Thereafter Ranieri published an  add about Leopard’s death on  the newspaper  “Il Progresso”.

Leopardi died in the age of 39 years, at a time when cholera was hitting Naples downtown.

Giacomo Leopardi morente

Thanks to Ranieri who involved the Police Minister, Leopardi’s  corpse was not thrown in a common grave, as requested by the severe laws at cholera time, but buried in the hall at San Vitale Church in Fuorigrotta.

In 1939  his remains were moved to the Virgil Park in Piedigrotta – named Park of the Virgil tomb,  in the district Mergellina, and the place was declared a national monument.

Lapide sepolcrale di Giacomo Leopardi

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