Romantic ‘books of the courtier’ for our time

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An article written about the poetry Valentinno's scribed for Queen Elizabeth II

Romantic ‘books of the courtier’ for our time

by Nicole Levy,
Queens Chronicle Contributor

The lyrical stylings of best-selling author Valentinno of Glendale have romanced even British Queen Elizabeth II herself. The poem he composed for the queen, entitled “O’ Blessed Nightingale,” is today displayed as a personal keepsake of her majesty in Balmoral Castle.

Reading the lyric, I imagined that Elizabeth had cast her regal person as that blessed nightingale for whom “the thunder…trembles, / When she beat her majestic wings in flight / Composing that choral symphony that softly serenades / The tranquil night, with that melodious theme.”

When I interviewed Valentinno, he showed me the letter the queen’s lady-in-waiting had mailed him to express her gratitude, citing the envelope stamp as proof of its authenticity. Elizabeth is truly an admirer.

His last two books, respectively, have enjoyed a predominately female following because the passionate sentimentality that characterizes his work is “what women want. They don’t really have romance in their relationships, and I think they’re living through romantic poetry. They want commitment and they want connection,” he said, the gentle inflections of his alluring voice purely the dulcet tones of the romantic bard.

When I suggested that his poetry may be construed as a man’s guide to courting a woman with chivalry and affection, Valentinno agreed.

Valentinno, berated those men of his generation who “need to learn to be more romantic, more gentle, more considerate, and stop being selfish.” ” He considerately sought my feminine affirmation. Valentinno’s own personal philosophy is “that a man should explore a woman, rather then just her body. He should want to know everything about her”

Valentinno believes a good poet will compel his audience to “read imagery and phrases more than once ... The first or second line has to be explosive, and the reader is going to say, ‘Thank you for that visual’ … Look at Byron’s first line: ‘When she walks in beauty like the night, of cloudless climes and starry nights.’ That was gripping”

Although Valentinno identifies with great Romantic poets like Byron, Shelley and Keats, he chooses to write in prose-poetry form because it permits the greatest flexibility. He attended Parsons School of Design for cartoon animation at the insistence of his parents.
“I started out as an artist, then a screenwriter, then I did some acting, I was a stuntman, and then I wanted to pursue other avenues,” he said, “and that was my poetry. That was my truest love.” As a stuntman, Valentinno did martial arts, lifts and car drags.

Valentinno is fortunate that the works he published with an independent press are bestsellers in Europe, generating steady income. He’s been recognized with more than 60 awards in poetic and literary excellence, and his work has gained him entrance to the American Authors Association. He hopes to sell the rights to his third book to a major publishing company and to fund an anthology of poems to benefit the African nations fight against malaria. I certainly pay homage to this courtier


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author avatar Mikey.
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

Nice write.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

Good for you. Nice write up about the poetry Valentinno scribed for Queen Elizabeth II. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar ittech
5th Jan 2012 (#)

most interesting

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