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Vincenzo Schilirò'

The brontese Vincenzo Schilirò, (1.7.1883 -- Catania 7.3.1950) priest, professor, was a singular figure of sociologist, critical, scholar and poet.

He studies at the Real Capizzi College obtaining the high school certificate in 1898; continues the studies in the Seminary Of Catania, where in 1906 is ordained priest; he graduates in the Royal University Of Catania in 1912, at twenty-nine years of age, with a thesis on the Carduccian belief.

He taught for a decade Italian letters in the Secondary school Of The Real Capizzi College and in the sleepy Bronte he was appreciated for his volcanic social and educational initiatives.

Founded, in various times, four newspapers, an Agricultural Bank, a cultural circle and a typography, (the glorious Social Typography, publisher of a great deal of books, of mostly local authors).

He adhered to the Popular Party and the new tendencies, in the social field, expressed by the modernism and not seen favorably by Pope Pius X, reason for which he moved away from the church, without however stopping to wear the cassock.

The art, poetry,  aesthetic criticism were the field where he could better express his lively intelligence.

But his first experiences were of publicist with the humorous sheet "U Trabanti" (a jumble of dog Latin and vernacular), with the periodic "Protagonist" (who after the sentence inflicted by Pius X° in 1907 ceased to exist), the fortnightly "Domani" (Tomorrow) (of political administrative character, turned to give a contribution to the organization of the brontese farmers), with "Nuova Juventus" (destined to the pupils of the Capizzi) and at last, the direction (together with Pietro Mignosi) of the literary magazine "The tradition".

Withdrawn from teaching for health reasons,  he moves to Catania and in his habitation of Via Morosoli continues the literary production.

Died at 67 years following a cerebral hemorrhage.
He is buried in the family chapel of the Bronte's  cemetery.

Among his works we remember Aesthetics notes (1924, Bronte), The Romanticism and "the pedantic friends" (1912, Bronte), The aesthetic reasons of the dannun­ziana art (1918, Catania), Carducci's belief and his value (1918, Bronte), F. T. Marinetti and the futurism (1919, Catania), How I see Pirandello, Freedom and democracy (Seli, Rome).

Published works in verses: Sad spring, (1912, Bronte), Santo Francesco, (1931, Bronte), lyric short stories (Who sows but does not reap); two dramas: The culprit, (1919 Bronte), Il carroccio (The wagon, 1931 Bronte) and a comment to Divine Comedy of Dante in three volumes, by now unobtainable.

Translated by Sam Di Bella

Francesco Boscarino (in the preface to the book of the Schilirò "The vene­ra­ble Ignazio Capizzi",  Bronte 1993 ) speaks so:

"It is enough to run the list of his works to realize  the vastness of his inte­rests". From the translation in verses of "Arte poetica di Orazio" (Horace's Poetic Art), written at eighteen years of age, but published in 1910, to the essays on poets contempo­rary to him, (Carducci, D’Annunzio, Ada Negri, F. T. Marinetti) to the drama "Santo Francesco", which represents, in five acts, the events of the life of the Saint from 1207 to his death (1226), to the novel "Jadwiga" (1946), to mention some of his works, that show ver­satility and a variety of cultural dedication, emerges the figure of a man of solid literary preparation and of artistic fineness, that  is not easy to find".

Vincenzo Schilirò - Educatore e letterato


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