Eugenio Montale's Collected Poems: 1920-1954 PDF

By Eugenio Montale

ISBN-10: 0374125546

ISBN-13: 9780374125547

"Eugenio Montale is universally well-known as having introduced the good Italian lyric culture that started with Dante into the 20 th century with unequalled energy and brilliance. Montale is a love poet whose deeply appealing, person paintings confronts the dilemmas of recent heritage, philosophy, and religion with braveness and subtlety; he has been generally translated into English and his paintings has motivated generations of yank and British poets. Jonathan Galassi's types of Montale's significant works―Ossi di seppia, Le occasioni, and los angeles bufera e altro―are the clearest and such a lot convincing but, and his large notes speak about extensive the assets and problems of this dense, allusive poetry. This ebook bargains English-language readers uniquely knowledgeable and readable entry to the paintings of 1 of the best of all sleek poets."

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This I remember; I can't say, distant one, whether your look gives voice to a simple spirit, or if you're one of those wanderers the world's evil harms who carry their suffering with them like a charm. But I can say this: that your contemplated image drowns extravagant fears in a wave of calm, and that your look finds its way into my gray memory sharp like the crest of a young palm . . My life, I ask of you no stable contours, plaUSible faces, property. Now in your restless circling, wormwood and honey have the same savor.

Se un'ombra scorgete, non e un'ombra-ma quella io sono. Potessi spiccarla da me, offrirvela in dono. OSSI DI SEPPIA / Ossi di 8eppia 48 What you knew of me was only a coat of paint, the veil that clothes our human fate. And maybe behind the canvas was the still blue; only a seal kept out the limpid sky. Or else it was the fiery change in me, revealing a burning ember I'll never see. So that this husk became my true substance; the fire that isn't quenched for me was called: ignorance. If you see a shadow it's no shadow-it's me.

The power pent up in this unconscious magus for so long will overflow. Now I'll show myself and subjugate high houses, empty avenues. I'll look out on a land of untouched snows but insubstantial, as if seen on a screen. A slow ray will slide down from the cottony sky. Woods and hills alive with invisible light will sing to me their joyful reoccurrence. Happily, I'll read the black . signs of branches on the white like an essential alphabet. All the past will gather in one point in front of me. No sound will spoil my solitary joy.

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