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Poetic Notebook 1974-1977
     

Poetic Notebook 1974-1977

by Eugenio Montale, William Arrowsmith (Translator), Rosanna Warren (Editor)
 
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

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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 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.”

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393344189
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/03/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
2888
Sales rank:
1,377,640
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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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.

Meet the Author

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

William Arrowsmith was a renowned translator and classics scholar.

Rosanna Warren, the author of four collections of poetry, has received awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters and has won the Lamont Poetry Prize. She teaches at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago.

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