This is Part 3 of the story of Luigi Da Porto, the man who created ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This historical novel is set in Friuli and Venice in the early sixteenth century and tells the story of Luigi Da Porto’s love affair with Lucina Savorgnan and the events that influenced the creation of his novella entitled ‘Guilietta, a tale of two noble lovers’. That novella was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.
In Parts 1 & 2 we followed Luigi Da Porto's life and the interesting times he lived in from his departure as a soldier and military tactician to a man wracked by sorrow at his losses in life, both mental and physical. His world is a picture of Venice at the height of its powers, involved in a war that could have seen the end of the Venetian Republic, through personal highs and lows and the pain of serious battle injuries. We saw him through the loss of the love of his life, the beautiful Lucina Savorgnan and his fall into depression. In this final part of the story we see him finish his novella of Romeo and Juliet and see the other characters deal with the changing times. Enjoy being taken to a time of wonder in the “Serene Republic of Venice”, the pomp and ceremony, but also the gritty underside of life in the first part of the 16th century.
An interesting collection of contemporary Australian poems by writer and poet Will McClean, some of which reflect on his experiences while living in the USA.
In particular his title poem "Still I Wonder" evokes the perennial dilemma confronting all thinking people in the modern age; that of man's inhumanity to man.
When asked to submit a short introduction of myself to you, the reader, I asked if saying I was young, thin, good looking and sexy would suffice, providing I added that I am a gold medallist liar. From that you will be able to ascertain that I am none of those things.
My introduction to Bush Poetry came at my father’s knee, when he recited all the old masters, and the love of rhythm and rhyme was born.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and my upbringing and long association, in and with, the Australian bush, has been the inspiration for a lot of my poems. Many of them are embellished stories of actual events. Poets have the inalienable right to colour their work with a little fiction to improve the telling of the story, and I freely admit to the practice of this right.
I was born and bred in the outback of N.S.W. and spent the first 42 years of my life living and working on sheep and cattle stations in Western N.S.W., for the most part on the Darling river between Menindee and Wilcannia.
I now live in retirement in Adelaide, but the old saying of "you can take the girl from the country, but not the country from the girl" is true in my case, and there remains a lot of the 'bushie' in me.
I hope you enjoy reading these works as much as I enjoyed penning them.
First printed in 1862 for the London Exhibition the Account is effectively South Australia’s first year book and documents and describes some amazing achievements, some severe obstacles and some remarkable discoveries over the 26 years since settlement in 1836. In addition it is written fluently and critically by a quite young private citizen named Frederick Sinnett with the endorsement of the Government of the colony at that time. (158 pages). $9.99