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Annual Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition

30 May 2012 by

On the 29th of May, 75 Italian students from years 9 – 12, took part in the annual ‘Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition’.This is a competition where our Italian students have the opportunity to recite an Italian poem.  It is not necessarily a poem written by Dante Alighieri himself, but from a variety of Italian poets. Dante Alighieri (c1265 – 1321), was an Italian poet, prose writer, literacy theorist, moral philosopher and political thinker.  His writing of the epic poem ‘La Divina Commedia’ (The Divine Comedy) is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.  Dante is also known as “The Father of the Italian language”.The Dante Alighieri Society of Melbourne encourages students of the Italian language to take part in this annual competition.  The criteria followed by the judges include:

  • Students are expected to memorize the entire poem.
  • Students must acknowledge the poet.
  • Students must deliver the poem with good voice, intonation and relevant expression. (Not exaggerated and not sung).
  • The student’s entire delivery should be respectful and honour the Italian language and culture.

Our students spent months learning their poem and hopefully delivered in the above mentioned manner. Their enthusiasm and behaviour on the day of the recital was commendable and proved to be a real asset to our College.  We hope that many of our students made it through to the next round of the competition or received honourable mentions as they have in previous years. To the staff that attended: Loredana Del Fatti, Mariangela Caligiuri, Filomena Vessichelli and Dominic Bufalino – thank you for your assistance in allowing the day to run as smoothly as it did.

Signora Sonia Baggio

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