ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE JAN V1 2024 VOL VII. ISSUE XXXIX | LITERATURE
Article Published on: 05TH FEB 2024 | www.demodemagazine.com
"I LUOGHI DI GEORGE GORDON BYRON NEL VENETO" - BY AUTHOR AURORA SORANZO
(ITALIAN EDITION) | PUBLISHER: MAZZANTILIBRI
Lord Byron, hailed as one of the foremost British poets, held a prominent position in the cultural landscape of Second Romanticism, alongside luminaries like John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Following the collapse of his marriage, George Gordon Byron made the decision to depart England. On November 10, 1816, at the age of 28, he found sanctuary in the embrace of Venice, specifically at the Hotel Gran Bretagna. The hotel provided him with an apartment that afforded breathtaking views of the iconic Grand Canal.
Venice, for Byron, transcended the role of a mere refuge; it metamorphosed into a second homeland. The enchanting lagoon city, with its winding canals and rich history, became a muse for the poet. In this period of exile, Lord Byron frequented the illustrious Florian Café in St Mark’s Square, already a literary haven and a gathering place for notable figures such as Carlo Goldoni, Silvio Pellico, Charles Dickens, and Wolfgang Goethe. Aurora Soranzo, through her narrative, guides readers on a captivating literary and biographical journey, unravelling the nuances of the places inhabited and vividly described by the eminent English poet. The exploration extends beyond physical spaces, delving into the emotional and intellectual landscapes that shaped Byron's creative expressions during his time in Venice. Soranzo's approach blends the personal and literary dimensions, shedding light on how Byron's experiences in Venice intertwined with his poetic output.
Venice, with its charm, greatly influenced Lord Byron's art and intellectual connections at the Florian Café during his transformative period. Soranzo's narrative unveils the convergence of brilliant minds, highlighting the fusion of creativity and camaraderie in this literary nexus. Byron's time in Venice, residing at Hotel Gran Bretagna and frequenting the Florian Café, represents a pivotal chapter in his life. Soranzo's skillful narrative blends biography, literature, and history, providing readers with a nuanced understanding of Venice's profound impact on one of the Romantic era's greatest British poets.
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JOURNEY OF THE AUTHOR AURORA SORANZO
Aurora Soranzo, a fascinating figure hailing from Padua, Italy, possesses a unique skill set that transcends the ordinary. Born on February 15, she is not just your average individual; she is a distinguished graphologist, weaving insights into the intricate patterns of people's handwriting to unravel their qualities, limitations, and untapped potentials. Her expertise extends beyond the mere scrutiny of penmanship; it delves into the realm of professional development, where she aids candidates in comprehending their skills and gauges their compatibility with specific roles in the workplace.
But Aurora Soranzo is more than just a graphologist. She wears multiple hats with grace and proficiency. A prolific author, she enriches the literary world with essays and articles that explore the captivating tapestry of local history. Her focus is meticulous, honing in on the historical contexts of specific Italian geographical areas. For those hungry for cultural enlightenment and a deeper understanding of history, Soranzo's contributions are nothing short of invaluable.
In 2021, she unveiled a literary gem titled "I luoghi di George Gordon Byron nel Veneto. Il Lord che parlava Veneziano," published by the esteemed Mazzanti Libri. This work is a testament to her passion for history, delving into the Veneto region and unraveling the fascinating connection between the locations and the renowned poet George Gordon Byron. Soranzo's narrative prowess breathes life into the historical landscapes, making the past not just a distant memory but a vivid, enthralling experience.
Aurora Soranzo, positioned at the crossroads of graphology and historical storytelling, invites readers on an unparalleled exploration. Navigating the intricacies of handwriting and delving into the vibrant tapestry of Italian history, she imparts a distinctive journey. With her versatile expertise, Soranzo injects intrigue into both professional development and cultural exploration, establishing herself as a memorable name in these diverse fields.
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF AUTHOR AURORA SORANZO WITH DE MODE
Q: "I luoghi di George Gordon Byron nel Veneto: Il Lord che parlava Veneziano" takes readers on a literary and biographical journey through Lord Byron's time in Venice. What inspired you to explore and document Byron's connection to the city?
A. I wanted to publicize the history of our country, Italy, and I chose to do so using the story of the famous English poet Lord Byron. In 2019, I began my investigations at the historical archives in Venice, where I discovered some details regarding the movements of this British nobleman. In addition, I consulted books in both Italian and English, which provided me with more information about his experiences in Italy.
Q: Lord Byron, a prominent figure in British literature, chose Venice as his refuge. What fascinated you the most about his decision to make the lagoon city his second homeland, and how did it influence his work?
A. Venice has been a source of inspiration for many intellectuals because of its unique architecture. Lord Byron, after learning Italian, considered Venice a refuge away from scandal and criticism, a place that offered him opportunities and stimulation for his poetry.
Q: The book delves into Byron's life in Venice, including his residence at the Hotel Gran Britannia and frequent Caffè Florian. Can you share some insights into the significance of these locations in Byron's life and the cultural milieu of that time?
A. After a short stay at the Hotel Gran Bretagna, Lord Byron moved to Palazzo Mocenigo, hosting the Shelleys. Meanwhile, the Caffé Florian in St Mark’s Square became the meeting place for Byron and other artists, helping to create a unique cultural atmosphere.
Q: As a graphologist, how did your expertise in analyzing handwriting and personality traits contribute to your understanding of Lord Byron's character and creative process during his time in Venice?
A. In Venice, Lord Byron drew inspiration from the atmosphere of the city, enriched by its romantic history and architectural beauty. Falling in love with Countess Teresa Gamba added a revolution to his poems, while the Venetian squares and canals.
Q: Venice has a rich literary history, and renowned figures frequented Caffè Florian. How did Byron's presence impact that era's literary and cultural conversations, and what connections do you draw between him and other literary figures of the time?
A. In Venice, Lord Byron had contacts with Italian intellectuals. Among them, we can mention the poet Ugo Foscolo, who was involved in the cultural fervor of the time. His presence in Venice contributed to a broader interaction with the Italian intellectual and artistic scene of the period.
Q: Your multifaceted background includes graphology, and you received recognition as a historical writer. How does your diverse skill set inform your approach to researching and presenting historical figures like Lord Byron?
A. The research approach includes formulating questions, choosing appropriate methodologies, and critically evaluating historical sources to gain meaningful information and build a solid understanding of the topic to be told in a book.
Q: In 2021, you were accredited with the Lode del Genio Femminile recognition as a historical writer. How does this honour influence your perspective on historical writing, and how do you see the role of women in preserving and narrating history?
A. Throughout history, the role of women has often been overlooked, but today we understand the importance of integrating their narratives to gain a total understanding of the past and recognize their impact in areas such as politics, culture, science and society.
Q: Venice is known for its unique atmosphere and artistic inspiration. How did you immerse yourself in the city's ambience while researching and writing about Byron's time there, and did it influence your creative process?
A. The beauty and history of places like Venice, where he spent a long time, have left a significant mark on his works. His poetry often reflected rebellion against the social and political norms of the time.
Q: Lord Byron's time in Venice followed the failure of his marriage. How do you explore the emotional and personal aspects of Byron's life in the book, and what challenges did you face in capturing the essence of his experiences?
A. Lord Byron tried to change people's idea of him as a madman and a bad father. He studied hard, suffered and wrote books to thank the Italian people, praising Dante Alighieri, the author of The Divina Commedia.
Q: Do you have any plans for future projects or books that continue to explore the intersection of literature, history, and the cultural landscapes of notable figures?
A. I would like to continue writing to share the history, art and culture of Italy, with the goal of passing on to the next generation the wonder and creativity that contradistinguishes our country.
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