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Selected Poems

Giuseppe Ungaretti

Translated by Andrew Frisardi

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ISBN: 978 1 857546 72 9
Categories: 20th Century, Italian, Translation
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 2003
215 x 135 x 20 mm
318 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Vigil
    Cima Quattro, December 23, 1915

    An entire night
    thrown down
    beside a
    butchered
    companion with his
    grimacing
    mouth turned
    to the full moon
    with his congested hands
    thrust
    into my silence
    I wrote
    letters full of love

    I have never held
    so hard
    to life


    Veglia

    Un'intera nottata
    buttato vicino
    a un compagno
    massacrato
    con la sua bocca
    digrignata
    volta al plenilunio
    con la congestione
    delle sue mani
    penetrata
    nel mio silenzio
    ho scritto
    letter piene d'amore

    Non sons mai stato
    tanto
    attaccato alla vita
       
    Translated, annotated and with an Introduction by Andrew Frisardi

    Dual language edition.

    Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in Alexandria in 1888. In 1912 he left Egypt to study in Paris where he was influenced by the French avant garde. Moving to Milan in 1914, he became a central figure of Italian modernism, His sense of poetic vocation and language was further shaped by his experience of the fierce fighting on the Austrian front during the first World War. After the war, Ungaretti lived near Rome until 1936, when he was offered a professorship at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The death of his young son, the outbreak of the Second World War and the occupation of Rome had a profound effect on his poetry at this time. He returned to Rome in 1942 and taught at the university there until his retirement. He died in Milan in 1970. His collected poems were published as Vita d'un uomo:Tutte le poesie (1969)
    Giuseppe Ungaretti
    Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in Alexandria in 1888. In 1912 he left Egypt to study in Paris where he was influenced by the French avant garde. Moving to Milan in 1914, he became a central figure of Italian modernism, His sense of poetic vocation and language was further shaped by his ... read more
    Andrew Frisardi
    Andrew Frisardi is a poet and translator, whose work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic and the New Yorker, among other publications. A native of Massachusetts, he lives in Orvieto, Italy. ... read more
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