Francesco Cangiullo, Poesia pentagrammata (Poetry on the Staff), 1923.
Cover by Enrico Prampolini.
With this book, Francesco Cangiullo once again anticipated another
important movement of modern art: sonorous poetry. In fact, the author's intention
was to "give tempo to noises and
onomatopoeic sounds." Cangiullo wrote down his verses on a
staff, as if they were musical notes instead of words. As musicians use notes of
different types to mean
different lengths of sounds, Cangiullo used words of different shapes and size,
in order to render the different degrees of a poetic declamation.
The cover, by Enrico Prampolini, is perfectly attuned to the author's theory.
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