What thought one of the greatest exponents of world poetry in his dialect. But above all what is your dialect?
The author of the stupendous verses of the Infinite, the philosopher, the philologist and narrator. In short, one of the greats of world literature could not express sweet words for the dialect, right ?!
As you well know Giacomo Leopardi was born and lived in his Recanati. He also lived for a few years in other cities, among others Rome, Bologna, Milan, Florence, Pisa and Naples (where he died). In addition to being the birthplace, the town of Recanati it was also the place of inspiration for many of his works. The hermitage hill, the square and numerous quotes from the poems come from the setting of the Marche town to which Leopardi was very attached. Having lived most of its existence a Recanati he came into contact with popular traditions with the use and customs of our villages of that time. But above all of the dialect. We asked ourselves, therefore, what a writer of such magnitude may have thought of the dialect of his city.
Let's start with order: the dialect defined by scholars as a variety of a language or as a language opposed to another language. Then, there is one thing to say: the dialect of Recanati from the 1800s it is not the same dialect as today. In this case, we know the Recanatese dialect is part of a small group of dialects defined in the Marche as of "transitionOr the variants of the Ancona area and those of the Macerata-Fermo area. And therefore he welcomes in his language as much influences from one side as from the other.
The great one Giacomo Leopardi however, in a dated letter 1817 and intended for Pietro Giordani, a very famous Piacenza writer wrote this about his dialect: “She can't imagine how beautiful she is. It is so flat and natural and far from any shadow of affectation, and it does not take into account either the Tuscan affectation or the Roman pride, while it is enough to go out two steps from its territory to notice a notable difference, which in several places very close, not which notable is sum ". In short, by giving importance to his pronunciation, he also enhanced the value of his language. Yet another act of love for his land.