May 1915

Gabriele D'Annunzio and the feast of Quarto

“Hurray Trento and Trieste, Hurray for war”: these were the words pronounced by the crowd gathered in May, the 5th, 1915 at the end of the speech of Gabrile D'Annunzio (1863-1938). The Vate chose the inauguration day of the monument to the Expedition of the Thousand to hold his own speech: a triumph of populist and nationalist rhetoric, where the poet from Pescara invited Italy to enter the war on the side of the Triple Entente. The speech contained all the typical elements of the interventionist ideas of D'Annunzio: the optimistic attitude, the cult of personality, a rich oratory, the ostentation of phisicality, a sense for action, a personal interpretation of the Nietzschean Übermensch. Three weeks later , Italy entered the war.