Sandro Penna

Sandro Penna (June 12, 1906January 21, 1977 in Rome) was an Italian poet.


Born in Perugia, Penna lived in Rome for most of his life.

He never had a regular job, collaborating to several newspaper and writing almost only poetry. His first poems were published in 1932, through the intervention of Umberto Saba. Openly gay,citation |title=Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History |first=Robert |last=Aldrich |first2=Garry |last2=Wotherspoon |year=2002 |publisher=Routledge |isbn=0415291615 |page=320-2] his works were largely marked by his melanchonical view of homosexuality as emargination. Penna's economical conditions were often poor, and in his late years a group of intellectuals signed a manifesto on the newspaper "Paese Sera" to help him.

His affection for boys was reflected by the constant presence of young boys in his verses, as well as in his taking a fourteen years old streetboy from Rome, Raffaele, nicknamed "Culo zozzo" ("Dirty ass"), to the home he shared with his mother in 1956 and living with him, on and off, for fourteen years. [] According to Pier Paolo Pasolini, Penna's poetry was made of "an extremely delicate material of city places, with asphalt and grass, whitewashed walls of poor houses, white marbles of the bridges, and everywhere the sea's breath, the murmur of the river in which the trembling night lights reflect".

His controversial erotic love poems can be found in English translation in "This Strange Joy" (Ohio State University Press, 1982) and "Remember me, God of Love" (Carcanet, 1993).

An epigram of Penna's about the dark-skinned, dark-eyed, dark-haired Raffaele, scribbled on the back of his portrait by Tano Festa, reads

:"Ho visto il mio moretto":"seduto giù in platea":"fumava un sigaretto":"e gli occhi lustri avea."

Sandro Penna died in Rome in 1977.


*"Una strana gioia di vivere" (1956)
*"Croce e delizia" (1958)
*"Tutte le poesie" (1970)
*"Stranezze" (1976)
*"Confuso sogno" (1980, posthumous)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sandro Penna — (né le 12 juin 1906 à Pérouse, mort le 21 janvier 1977 à Rome) est un poète italien. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Sa poésie 3 Musique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sandro Penna — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Sandro Penna (Perugia, 12 de junio de 1906 Roma, 21 de enero de 1977). Escritor y poeta italiano. Biografía Su padre era comerciante en Perugia, ciudad en la que Sandro Penna vivió hasta los veintitrés años. El resto …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sandro Penna — (* 12. Juni 1906 in Perugia; † 21. Januar 1977 in Rom) war ein italienischer Dichter und Erzähler. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Werke (Auswahl) 2.1 Werke auf Deutsch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sandro — ist die Kurzform des italienischen männlichen Vornamens Alessandro, der italienischen Form von Alexander. Außerdem ist Sandro ein Vorname in der Ukraine und in Georgien. Bekannte Namensträger Sandro Agricola (* 1987), deutscher Eishockeyspieler… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Penna — bezeichnet Monte Penna, Berg im ligurischen Apennin Penna in Teverina, Gemeinde in der italienischen Provinz Terni Penna (Rochlitz), Ortsteil der Stadt Rochlitz Penna ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Joe Penna (* 1987), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Penna, Sandro — ▪ Italian poet born Jan. 12, 1906, Perugia, Italy died Jan. 21, 1977, Rome       Italian poet who celebrated homosexual love, particularly pederasty, with lyrical elegance. Usually written in the form of epigrams, his moody poems often feature… …   Universalium

  • Penna — Pẹnna,   Sandro, italienischer Lyriker und Erzähler, * Perugia 12. 6. 1906, ✝ Rom 22. 1. 1977. Armut und offen bekannte Homophilie machten Penna zeitlebens zu einer sozialen Randexistenz, die sich auch dem Literaturbetrieb verweigerte. 1939… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Penna, Sandro — (Perugia 1906 Roma 1977) poeta, fra i maggiori del Novecento ; traduttore; narratore. collab./opere: “Prospettive”, “L’Italia Letteraria” …   Dizionario biografico elementare del Novecento letterario italiano

  • Пенна Сандро — Сандро Пенна (итал. Sandro Penna, 12 июня 1906, Перуджа  21 января 1977 , Рим)  итальянский поэт. Содержание 1 Биография 2 Творчество 3 Признание …   Википедия

  • Сандро Пенна — (итал. Sandro Penna, 12 июня 1906, Перуджа  21 января 1977 , Рим)  итальянский поэт. Содержание 1 Биография 2 Творчество 3 Признание …   Википедия

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.