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Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi

These translations of the major poems of Giacomo Leopardi (1798--1837) render into modern English verse the work of a writer who is widely regarded as the greatest lyric poet in the Italian literary tradition. In spite of this reputation, and in spite of a number of nineteenth-and twentieth-century translations, Leopardis poems have never come over into English in such a way as to guarantee their author a recognition comparable to that of other great European Romantic poets. By catching something of Leopardis cadences and tonality in a version that still reads as idiomatic modern English (with an occasional Irish or American accent),Leopardi: Selected Poemsshould win for the Italian poet the wider appreciative audience he deserves. His themes are mutability, landscape, love; his attitude, one of unflinching realism in the face of unavoidable human loss. But the manners of the poems are a unique amalgam of philosophical toughness and the lyrically bittersweet. In a way more pure and distilled than most others in the Western tradition, these poems are truly what Matthew Arnold asked all poetry to be, a criticism of life. The translators aim is to convey something of the profundity and something of the sheer poetic achievement of Leopardis inestimableCanti.

Author: Giacomo Leopardi

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 104

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1997-05-05

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ISBN: 0691016445

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