"THE WORDS OF THE SEA AND THOSE OF MEN", A DIALOGUE ON RAFFAELLO
BRIGNETTI AND HIS SEA
"The Words of the Sea and Those of Men" is the title of the
encounter that took place on the evening of Wednesday the
29th of May, within the fascinating setting of the
Accademia del Bello (the "Academy of Beauty") in Poggio. Surrounded
by the breath-taking atmosphere of the palace from the 1600s, the
intimate, profound dialogue between the architect Paolo Ferruzzi
and the poet Manrico Murzi recalled to mind many memories of the
writer Raffaello Brignetti and his relationship with the sea.
An evening dedicated to literature, poetry, and beauty as
elements capable of developing and narrating the sea, an approach
which indeed also characterises the Sea Essence International
Festival, distinguishing it from other events devoted to the
safeguard of the environment.
'The aim behind the SEIF festival is to develop the sea and its
beauties' - stated Fabio Murzi, President of Acqua dell'Elba, the
company promoting the event - 'not just from the point of view of
the environment and landscape, but also from that of the arts and
culture. Such was the inspiration behind this evening, which also
represents an important occasion to commemorate the writer
Raffaello Brignetti, with whom we share a bond because of his
passion for Isola d'Elba and its sea'.
Brignetti's sea is a sea that nobody knew the way he did. 'The
greatest Italian "Sea Author,"' - as the poet and dear friend
Manrico Murzi defines him - 'the only one who was able to not just
talk about the sea, but let the sea talk itself, giving voice to
its stillest waters, its shorelines, its waves crunching rocks as
easily as little kids crunch cereals'.
Here is the distinction between the words of the sea and those
of men, inspiring the title of the whole evening. The words of the
sea are sung through a poetic, musically mysterious prose which
resounds in the emotionally charged, living silence of the reading
room in the Academy of Beauty.
'This location is dear and open to all custodians of interior
beauty' - said Paolo Ferruzzi - 'and if it is true, as Dostoevsky
used to say, that beauty will save the world, this is also a place
to throw down the gauntlet so that the world, today, may take
charge of saving Beauty. Acqua dell'Elba, in its longstanding
commitment to safeguard the beauty of the sea, accepted this
challenge by organising this evening, and the poet Manrico Murzi
decided to ride along'.
Raffaello Brignetti, born on the island of Giglio in 1921, is
considered and celebrated as an Elban writer because of the origins
of his parents, and also because of his choice to live for a long
time in the "Tore", the symbol of the town of Marciana Marina.
After a period of initial studies in mathematics, he graduated
in Rome with Giuseppe Ungaretti writing a thesis about Italian and
foreign "Sea Authors", thus entering the Socratic symposium
surrounding the charismatic figure of the Great Poet.
During the course of his life, he was the winner of various
prestigious literary awards, among which in 1967 the Viareggio
literary prize with "Il Gabbiano Azzurro" ("The Azure Seagull"),
and in 1971 the Strega Award with "La Spiaggia d'Oro" ("The Golden
Now, the next appointment bringing us closer to SEIF will take
place on the 7th of June at the headquarters of the
Tuscan Archipelago National Park in Enfola. "#Elba2035" is the
title of this encounter dwelling upon topics of economic
development, in particular the socio-economic scenarios which are
expected to develop during the next 15 years and their potential
repercussions on the Italian and Elban realities. The debate shall
therefore touch upon issues relating to administration,
urbanisation, tourism, economy and environment, with a peculiar
focus on the blue economy.
The first part will be dedicated to the contributions of three
Andrea Sartori - Senior consultant at Altis - Business and
Society Graduate School of the "Università Cattolica del Sacro
Cuore" in Milan: "Sustainable Development Strategies for Private
Enterprises and Public Administrations, and Planning of
Participatory Approaches for Local Development";
Andrea Vettori- Vice-Head of the "Local Territory Usage and
Management" department of the European Commission's Environment
Directorate-General: "Environmental Context and Legislative
Framework in 2035";
Monica Fabris - President of Episteme: "Essential Traits of
our Society in 2035".
The second part will then be dedicated to the contributions of
local stakeholders, administrators, representatives of trade unions
and associations, public entities, entrepreneurs and everyday
citizens, thus enriching the debate through the narration of their
direct experiences, issues and challenges they are facing.
The rest of the day will then proceed with a third moment for
debate and discussion between the speakers and the