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Poetic Notebook 1974-1977

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Poetic Notebook 1974–1977, one of the final volumes assembled by Eugenio Montale before his death, shows the last act of the twentieth-century master to be one of splendid negation.Poetic Notebook 1974–1977 evokes a magnificent savagery, an attack on the poet himself and on the nihilistic squalor that he observes around him. An old man, Montale remembers his youth and recalls the dead. At times he seems to wonder if he himself is dead. And so his is a grim majesty, a new kind of poetry that faces the void: “She’s...

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Overview

Poetic Notebook 1974–1977, one of the final volumes assembled by Eugenio Montale before his death, shows the last act of the twentieth-century master to be one of splendid negation.Poetic Notebook 1974–1977 evokes a magnificent savagery, an attack on the poet himself and on the nihilistic squalor that he observes around him. An old man, Montale remembers his youth and recalls the dead. At times he seems to wonder if he himself is dead. And so his is a grim majesty, a new kind of poetry that faces the void: “She’s lied too often, now let darkness, / void, nothingness fall on her page. / Rely on this, my scribbling friend: / Trust the darkness when the light lies.”

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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca West
“Thirty years after Montale’s death, his poetry is still vividly alive. . . . As we read through this incredibly rich poetic itinerary that traverses the heart of the twentieth century’s devastations and yearnings, we understand once more why Montale is known as one of modernity’s greatest poets.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393344189
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 2888
  • Sales rank: 1,377,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugenio Montale (1896-1981) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Editor's Note xvii

Intellectual Education 3

On the Lagoon 7

Fullness 9

Two Destinies 11

Intermezzo 13

As a boy I lived on the third floor… 15

Once 17

To Pio Rajna 19

Dear Mosca… 23

Under a Lombard Painting 25

It's not my fault… 27

Talking Birds 29

Backwards 31

The Sabià 33

All Soul's Day 35

Life, the infinite… 37

Reflections in the Water 39

Honor 41

Memory 45

Big Bang or Something Else 47

Solitude 49

The Void 51

After the Rain 53

Heroism 55

Reading Cavafy 57

Jehovah's Witnesses 59

Harmony 61

Transvestisms 63

Opinion 65

A Poet 67

For a Cut Flower 69

Under the Arbor 71

Everyday Story 73

Eulogy of Our Age 75

Fire and Darkness 77

Literary Histories 79

Soliloquy 81

Easter Evening 83

Easter Monday 85

Sub tegmine fagi… 87

I've scattered birdseed… 89

Ruit hora… 91

Fifty years ago… 93

So far as I know… 95

Maybe someday… 97

From a Notebook 99

This my repudiation… 101

Murder is not my forte… 103

We're into group solitude now… 105

If less opposes more… 107

Nets for Birds 109

Unanswered Questions 111

Living 113

Cabaletta 117

Paperweights 119

On Lake Orta 121

Rage 123

Ending life… 125

Notes 127

The Elephants 129

Euphoria 131

Epigram 133

In the Negative 135

Culture 137

In a Northern City 139

On a Lost Cat 141

Hypothesis 143

At Your Feet 145

The One Who's Listening 149

The Evening Hours 151

Truth 153

In the Non-Human 155

Animals 157

Opprobrium 159

Capsizing 161

What Remains (If Anything) 163

Poetry 165

A Dream, One of Many 167

Disappearance of Screech-Owls 171

General Proofs 173

Without Danger 175

The Woman of the Lighthouse 177

From the Other Shore 179

The monstrous human farce… 181

Life wavers… 183

End of September 185

There's still no proof… 189

On the Beach 191

Dangerous faults are gaping… 193

Someone told me that we'd meet again… 195

At the Seashore (Or Nearly) 197

The Creator was uncreated… 201

There's only one world inhabited… 203

Aspasia 205

A Letter Never Posted 207

Very little is resolved… 209

Springtime Torpor 211

Protect me… 213

Hamburger 217

Dead poets rest in peace… 219

To Finish 221

Drowsing 223

Hidingplaces 225

Beyond the little wrought-iron fence… 227

After the philosophers of the homogeneous… 229

Locuta Lutetia 231

Lakeside 233

A Mistake 235

Once identity is lost… 237

Mirages 239

Morgana 243

Notes 245

Index 249

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