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Title: Looking back on 'The Cantilena of Peter Caxaro'
Authors: Wettinger, Godfrey
Keywords: Maltese literature -- 15th century
Poetry -- Explication
Maltese poetry -- History and criticism
Maltese poetry -- 15th century
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: University of Malta
Citation: Wettinger, G. (1978). Looking back on 'The Cantilena of Peter Caxaro'. Journal of Maltese Studies, 12, 88-105.
Abstract: Godfrey Wettinger focuses this article on the famous 15th century poem that himself and Father Michael Fsadni discovered and prepared for its publication to the public. According to Wettinger it was universally believed, that no one ever bothered with the Maltese language except for some eighteenth century 'zealots' like Agius de Soldanis and Vassalli and an increasing number of popular writers of the nineteenth century. However, with the Cantilena of Peter Caxaro poem, it proves that the Maltese language has been (as far as we know) referenced since the 15th century. Throughout the article, Wettinger explains the difficulties and detailed research that entailed to prove the poem was of 15th century origin and to make the poem known to the Maltese public.
Appears in Collections:JMS, Volume 12
JMS, Volume 12

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