By Teofilo Folengo
Mantovano, nato nel 1491, Folengo è stato uno dei principali esponenti della poesia maccheronica. l. a. sua prima pubblicazione, il Merlini Cocaii macaronicon racconta los angeles storia di un eroe immaginario, Baldus, e si connota in step with l'uso frequente di parole e frasi dal dialetto mantovano spesso di difficile comprensione. Più volte censurato proprio in keeping with il suo linguaggio e l. a. manifestazione di idee ritenute volgari, il Merlini Cocaii macaronicon ha conquistato comunque una vasta popolarità ed in pochi anni è stato ristampato in numerosissime edizioni. Oggi il Baldus esce in step with UTET, completo di apparato critico, in un'edizione digitale di pregio.
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Fathers and sons must bow their heads and serve the rich like slaves, personally bringing their wives and children to be ser vanis. Therefore , the rich have an excess of mats and yet daily weave, while the poor wear short clothes but still do not have enough at the end of the year. They can be slaves for generations and still n ot have sufficient food and clothing. Their whole life is labor, and death brings ' the grief of having their bones expoSed. If the harvest is slightly unsuc cessful, they must take to the road, perhaps ending up in gutters or ditches.
Their disappearance was even slower than their emergence, taking a full three centuries. In the T'ang men from aristocratic families were very much in evi dence. In the dynastic histories they do not 'look' like they did earlier; the r ----- r -- --- The Aristocratic Families ofEarly Imperial China 30 histories no longer group together numerous relatives and discuss them in genealogical order. In fact, biographies sometimes fail to mention that a man came from a famous family, even though he described himself as such in his own writings.
S", What gave coherence to this status group of old families was marital exclusiveness. Ie, that is, the glory of their ancestors, but rather stressed the differences they thought obtained in their own day. ascriptive qualifies such as decorum and ritually controlled conduct, provided an excellent basis" for group solidarity; by bringing attention to characteristics that were largely a product of upbring· ing, not intelligence, it was easier for the old aristocratiC families to exclude outsiders and retain a common identity.
Baldus by Teofilo Folengo