Giovanni Pàscoli and Adoption
Pàscoli was born one of four children in San Mauro di Romagna and orphaned as a child. His father was murdered in 1867 and his mother died the next year, and the sadness and unhappiness of his childhood colored his writings.
His poetry includes Canti di Castelvecchio (1903) and Poemi Conviviali (1904). He wrote in Italian and Latin, translated from English, and was a classical scholar. He was a major influence on the Italian group of poets called the Crepuscolari. Some of his poetry was published in English translation in 1938.
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