Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli

Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli

by Deborah Brown, Giovanni Pascoli
     
 

This first appearance of Pascoli’s poems in English translation provides an introduction to his work for the English-speaking reader. The first section of the book includes some of Pascoli’s brief lyric poems, many of them displaying his innovative use of image narrative. We see scenes of country life in his village near Barga, Italy, in the Apuan Alps,

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This first appearance of Pascoli’s poems in English translation provides an introduction to his work for the English-speaking reader. The first section of the book includes some of Pascoli’s brief lyric poems, many of them displaying his innovative use of image narrative. We see scenes of country life in his village near Barga, Italy, in the Apuan Alps, at the end of the 19th century. We see the aurora borealis, chickens, donkeys, women hanging laundry, the new railway and men crushing wheat.

The second part of the book consists of three somewhat formal narrative poems set in classical Rome and Greece.

The book ends with a long narrative sequence, an exciting and poignant re-imagining of Odysseus’ famous tale told from the perspective of an old man. The aging hero falls asleep by the fire with Penelope and dreams a final voyage, in which he reassembles his old crew and visits the scenes of his earlier adventures: Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops, Lotus Eaters and Calypso.

 

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“The major portion of this ambtious translation is devoted to Pascoli’s revisionist version of Homer’s epic; in it Odysseus does not return home, slay the suitors and embrace his wife. Instead, he falls into a deep sleep, sails past Ithaka and is forced to revisit his former route, complete with heart-stopping adventures and profound grief. The narration is deft, elegiac, and intensely lyrical, making this book a pleasure to read.”—Maxine Kumin
 

 
“The poetic landscape of Pascoli, captured here in excellent English translations, is deceptively simple. It resonates like a “sound that falls evenly, softly, like a persuading voice”, to borrow from one of Pascoli’s poems. Spanning short lyrical pieces as well as longer neoclassical narratives, Pascoli's poetry gives an impression of smoothness, though its intensity is derived precisely from hidden dramatic themes and tensions.  At times overtly philosophical, shot through with deep melancholic wisdom or irony, this richly orchestrated verse veers between potent references to ancient civilization and contemporary everyday experiences, displaying a distinct ear for the quotidian profanity of modern Italian poetic language.”—Iztok Osojnik
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597094870
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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