Romantic Poetry: The Possibilities for Improvisation

  title={Romantic Poetry: The Possibilities for Improvisation},
  author={Jeffrey C. Robinson},
  journal={The Wordsworth Circle},
  pages={94 - 100}
In Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries, a popular performer of poetry called the improvvisatore and improvvisatrice could, as prompted, deliver extempore breath-taking sustained ottava rima poems on topics ranging from the glories of Italy to the tragic death of Hector. Byron and the Shelleys heard them in performance and knew personally the improvvisatore Tommaso Sgricci. They responded to performances or reports of them in their own poetry, alluding to the improvvisatori, ventriloquizing… 
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