I visited Rome for a few days earlier this year. These are some of the many poets, ancient and modern, I encountered there.
A herm of Homer in the Vatican Museums
Two versions of Sappho –
a herm in the Capitoline Museum, and a statue in the Vatican Museums
Goethe, with his feet up at home in the Via del Corso, c.1787; and his expenses book for his Roman stay, with regular entries for ‘ciocolatta’
Keats’ grave and memorial in the Cimitero Acattolico. The inscription on his grave reads,
contains all that was Mortal,
YOUNG ENGLISH POET,
on his Death Bed,
in the Bitterness of his Heart,
at the Malicious Power of his Enemies,
these Words to be Engraven on his Tomb Stone
Here lies One
Whose Name was Writ in Water.
Feb 24th 1821
Shelley’s grave in the Cimitero Acattolico, with lines from The Tempest
Marinetti’s house on the Piazza Adriana
Gregory Corso’s grave in the Cimitero Acattolico
Finally, Raphael’s ‘Parnassus’, in the Room of the Segnatura in the Vatican museums, painted between 1508 and 1511. Its central figure is the Apollo (playing the violin rather than the more traditional lyre), surrounded by the nine Muses. To the left, Homer is flanked by Dante and Virgil, while Sappho sits beneath them; to the right stand Ariosto and Boccaccio.