Born at the beginning of the twentieth century to very important parents in Milano at the time: her father Roberto was a brilliant lawyer, while her mother Carolina Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana, an aristocrat. Antonia Pozzi lived in a rich and refined environment full of culture. The love rejection by the professor with whom she had fallen in love in high school marked her all life, becoming however a push for the birth and the intensification of her poetic activity.

As she grew up, Antonia would be progressively more and more tested by the underestimation of her poetry in the cultural milieu of reference and by the darkening of the political atmosphere: a climax that lead her to the tragic choice of suicide. Despite the brevity of her life, Antonia Pozzi left more than three hundred poems, letters and diaries and about three thousand photographs because - as a woman of a thousand talents - she was also a great photographer, as well as one of the most refined pens of the last century.

 

 

Here is the special identitikit of Anotnia Pozzi that YesMilano's editorial staff has written especially for you.

 

HER FIRST NAME:

Antonia Pozzi

EDUCATION:

She completed classical studies at Manzoni High School, had a considerable musical preparation and followed private lessons in drawing and sculpture. In November 1935 she graduated in Literature with a thesis on Flaubert's literary training.

HER NEIGHBOURHOOD:

She and her family lived in Corso Magenta, between the Castle and Conciliazione (near the Cenacolo), in a beautiful Art-Nouveau building.

HER PLACE IN THE HEART:

Her place of the heart isn't in Milano, but very near: it is Pasturo, in Valsassina (Lecco), where her family bought an eighteenth-century house in 1917, the pivotal place of her "lyrical geography".

THE PIECE OF POETRY

"I am inside you
mysteriously
that life is dissolved in blood
and mixed with the breath."

THE FILM:

Antonia directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino.

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