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Canti by Giacomo Leopardi

Canti (1845)

by Giacomo Leopardi

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Leopardi's "La Ricordanza," trans AW Powers

The heart did not tell me that my green age
would be condemned, consumed in that
Native wild town, among a people rustic
boorish and low; whose foreign names, and often
Arguments of laughter at laughing-stocks
were their schools and wisdom; who hated me, fled
Never through envy; because I was nothing
to them; but because such esteen
As tinged my heart would tickle and incense
those I never noticed. Therefore, I
Passed the years abandoned, hidden,
without love, wihout life; I turned
Bitter from the band of illwishers...
At the same time, dear youth, more dear
than fame or the laurel, more than
The pure light of day, or hope: I lost you
without a delight. Unlived, unused in that
Not human trip, among those anxieties--
oh the short, sharp life of a petal. ( )
  AlanWPowers | Jun 2, 2012 |
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  Freder1ck | Oct 12, 2008 |
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Giacomo Leopardiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brioschi, FrancoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ficara, GiorgioEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galassi, JonathanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hayez, FrancescoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morelli, D.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schaffran, EmerichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
Giacomo Leopardi is Italy’s greatest modern poet, the first European writer to portray and examine the self in a way that feels familiar to us today. A great classical scholar and patriot, he explored metaphysical loneliness in entirely original ways. Though he died young, his influence was enormous, and it is no exaggeration to say that all modern poetry, not only in Italian, derives in some way from his work.

Leopardi’s poetry is notoriously difficult to translate, and he has been less well known to English-language readers than his central significance for his own culture might suggest. Now Jonathan Galassi, whose translations of Eugenio Montale have been widely acclaimed, has produced a strong, fresh, direct version of this great poet that offers English-language readers a new approach to Leopardi. Galassi has contributed an informative introduction and notes that provide a sense of Leopardi’s sources and ideas. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the roots of modern lyric poetry.

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So my mind sinks in this immensity:and foundering is sweet in such a sea' Revisited and reorganized over his lifetime, this extraordinary work was described by Leopardi as a 'reliquary' for his ideas, feelings and deepest preoccupations.

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