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The Reverend Monsignor
Karm Psaila
National Poet of Malta
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Malta
Orders
Ordination 1894
Rank Monsignor
Personal details
Born (1871-10-18)October 18, 1871
Żebbuġ, Malta
Died October 13, 1961(1961-10-13) (aged 89)
Valletta Malta
Buried Cemetery of the Sacred Heart in Żebbuġ, Malta
Nationality Maltese

Dun karm psaila (Ħaż-Żebbuġ, 18 October 1871 – 13 October 1961) was a Maltese writer and poet, sometimes called 'the bard of Malta' [1]

He was educated at the Seminary between the years 1885 and 1894 and then proceeded to study philosophy in 1888 and theology in 1890 the University of Malta.

He was ordained priest in 1894. From 1895 to 1921 he taught various subjects at the Seminary: Italian, Latin, English, arithmetic, geography, cosmography, ecclesiastical history and Christian archaeology. In 1921 he was appointed assistant librarian at the National Library of Malta and in 1923 directory of circulating libraries, a post he held till his retirement in 1936.

In 1921, Albert Laferla, the director of education, asked Dun Karm to compose some verses to a music score by Robert Samut. The Innu Malti was sung for the first time in 1923. In 1941 it was officially designated the national anthem, a status confirmed by the Constitution at independence in 1964.

In 1921 Dun Karm was one of the founding members of the Għaqda tal-Kittieba tal-Malti and on the death of Ġużè Muscat Azzopardi in 1927, he was elected president of the Għaqda and later editor of the official organ, Il-Malti. He carried out these functions till 1942 when he was nominated honorary president of the ghaqda for life. In recognition of his contribution to Maltese literature, he was granted a D. Litt (honoris causa) by the Royal University of Malta in 1945 - the first time the University granted such an honour. A year later he was awarded the Ġużè Muscat Azzopardi gold medal. Queen Elizabeth II decorated him with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1956. In 1957 the Maltese government issued him an ex-gratia pension in recognition of his services to Maltese literature. During his lifetime he was also honoured as the National Poet of Malta.

Before 1912 Dun Karm wrote only in Italian. His first known published poem is La Dignità Episcopale (1889) after which he published Foglie d'Allora (1896) and Versi (1903) another collection of Italian poems.

Dun Karm wrote Quddiem Xbieha tal-Madonna his first poem in Maltese, which appeared in the first issue of the Maltese periodical Il-Ħabib, published by Mgr. Pawl Galea and Ġużè Muscat Azzopardi. His best poems include Il-Musbieħ tal-Mużew (1920).

Dun Karm often found poetic expression in his solitude, which was eventually accompanied by a high degree of spiritual balance. His poetry reflects a background of village life crowned with an atmosphere of family feelings and it also portrays the Maltese countryside with a perspective imagination. It synthesises the popular culture of the Maltese people, which is quite evident from the rural characteristics that furnish its local identity with the literary culture based largely on Italian romanticism.

His first works in Italian reveal an early life of peace and calm; after the death of his mother, solitude became his companion. When he decided to make Maltese the medium of his creativity he poetically explored the history of Malta to confirm its cultural and national identity. At the same time some of his best poems illustrate an inner journey of sentimental and more experience. His poetry exhibits great subjectivity but it also expresses his country collective aspirations. Both the personal and the national sentiments are treated from a deep religious viewpoint that discusses existentialism The spiritual crisis in Il-Jien u lil hinn Minnu is analyzed in universal human terms that illuminate man's existence and insist on the inexplicability of the relations between God and man, except for the latter's absolute acceptance of the formers hidden power.

A.J. Arberry translated about 37 of Dun Karm's poems into English, Guze Delia translated Il-Vjatku into Spanish and Laurent Ropa translated Il-Jien u lil hinn Minnu into French.

Dun Karm's writings include Żewġ Anġli: Inez u Emilia (translated in 1934 from an Italian novel by D Caprile) Besides these he wrote a few critical works. He also compiled a dictionary between 1947 and 1955 in three volumes, Dizzjunarju Ingliż u Malti.

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Gozo News
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:48:36 -0700

Commemorative events taking place for National Poet Dun Karm Psaila October is always synonymous with the birth and death of Malta's National Poet Dun Karm Psaila, who was born in Zebbug, Malta, on the 18th of October 1871. In 1894 he was ordained ...
 
Times of Malta
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:30:00 -0700

3.30pm The President receives the executive committee members of Nisa Laburisti on a courtesy call at San Anton Palace, Attard. 7pm The President and Mr Preca hosts an event commemorating national poet Dun Karm Psaila, organised by the National ...
 
Times of Malta
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:56:15 -0700

A commemorative event in honour of national poet Dun Karm Psaila will take place in the Gozo Ministry hall on October 27 at 7pm. It is organised by the National Festivities Committee in conjunction with the Gozo National and Regional Celebrations ...
 
Tellus Folio
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:48:45 -0700

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