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Jolanda Insana (18 May 1937 – 27 October 2016) was an Italian poet and translator.

Jolanda Insana
Born18 May 1937 (1937-05-18)
Messina, Italy
Died27 October 2016 (2016-10-28) (aged 79)
Rome, Italy

Born in Messina, in 1968 Insana moved to Rome where she graduated in Ancient Literature with a thesis on Erinna's The Distaff. Active as translator of classical and contemporary authors, she debuted as a poet in 1977, with the collection Sciarra amara ("Bitter Harvest"). In 2002 she won the Viareggio Prize for poetry for La stortura.[1][2]

Giovanni Raboni described Insana's poetic style as "visionary concreteness".[1]


  1. ^ a b Renato Minore (28 October 2016). "Addio a Jolanda Insana, poetessa ribelle". Il Messaggero. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ Franco Manzoni (28 October 2016). "Morta Jolanda Insana, poetessa inquieta e visionaria". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 29 October 2016.

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