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The Bernian Poetry in Dubrovnik on the Turn of the 18th/19th Century

Slavica Stojan ; Institute for Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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This is a jocular-satirical kind of poetry that appeared on the Dubrovnik cultural scene on the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, mostly as the poetics of idleness and diversion, in its bare and sterile one-sidedness. Still, with all incapacity of the last literary representatives of the old Dubrovnik to reach the heights of genuine art, some poetic achievements managed to break through the level of a wanton joke, a pale caricature and an unsure parody, by speaking spontaneously, graciously and vividly, with witty remarks, which reflected the life of Dubrovnik of that time. The most prominent poets of Bernian poetry were M. Bruerević, D. Hidža and A. Kaznačić. The first to make literary and critical reference to this kind of poems was F. M. Appendini, who called them Bernian; the term being used in Italian lands for this kind of poetry, deriving from the name of Francesco Berni, the jocular poet of the Italian Cinquecento.


Bernian poetry, Dubrovnik

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