“Young and strong city, that the divine
sea caresses, the vast and high sun,
to you who grow in opulence, vale!
To you, for your sake, I bow! “
(From the sonnet “To the hometown” by Giosuè Borsi)
Giosuè Borsi (1888–1915) was born in Livorno, in the house in via degli inglesi. He owed his name to Carducci, a friend of his father. He studied at the Niccolini Guerrazzi high school and graduated in Pisa.
He began to write poetry early, with verses, needless to say, of Carducci inspiration. In…