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This section is open to contributions from anyone interested in this site. It presents comments and reflections arising from an interpretation of Jacopone’s laudi, from publications by various authors or from life experiences or current events that have some relationship with Jacopone’s life, thought and spirituality. Each contribution that is published will be credited to the person who proposes it and initially published on the home page. It will then be replaced by the next contribution and archived here, in order of date, always remaining available to interested people.

A DETEILED AUTOBIOGRAPHY 

A DETEILED AUTOBIOGRAPHY 

“Jacopone was one of the most subjective of writers. In his poetry, he admits us to close intimacy with his many-sided character, tells us of his political, social and intellectual experiences, and all the secrets of his inner life.

LAUDS AS PRAYERS

LAUDS AS PRAYERS

The vernacular lauda was a rather primitive poetic form. Thanks to its inelegant, rough quality it could occupy a crucial position as a means of spiritual and moral growth among the lower classes.

THE UNDENIABLE PRIMOGENITURE

THE UNDENIABLE PRIMOGENITURE

Besides implying a return to the “origin” as a symbol of a pure, uncontaminated past, “originality” signifies the creative, inventive establishment of a fresh, novel element, such as poetry in the vernacular was in thirtheenth-century Italy.

DIVERGING OPINIONS

DIVERGING OPINIONS

George T. Peck's preface to his book begins with these words:
«The study of Jacopone da Todi is rewarding.
Partly because the novelty of the act. Though an outstanding poet and "one of the two major [literary] personalities of the end of the thirteenth century” – the other being , of course, Dante – it is astonishing how little attention has been devoted to him».

Italiano (Italian)