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by Eugenio Montale

These are poems whose reductions and sacrifices define a new lyric art.


These are poems whose reductions and sacrifices define a new lyric art.

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Library Journal
A 1975 Nobel prize winner and one of Italy's modern masters, Montale (1896-1981) described Satura (1971), his fourth book of poems, as "diaristic and spontaneous." It is a collage of letters (both alphabet and correspondence), voices from "the cave of memory" that provide elusive, vivid glimpses of Montale's life. With thoughtful exploration of ideas and sensuous immediacy, this complex sequence of poems probes personal "time zones" for unseen realities, everything "outside the existible." Drawing images from the "present, abounding" on a quest for humanity, he wanders a great river of imagination. Readers are privileged to go along on his Dantesque journey to "the timeless moment/ that lives where reasons die." The "divine" is never far from these inspired poems, which are saturated with compassion. This bilingual edition provides explanatory notes that William Arrowsmith had completed before he died in 1992 -- Frank Allen, North Hampton Community College, Tannersville, Pennsylvania

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Meet the Author

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

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 Boston University and lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

William Arrowsmith was a renowned translator and classics scholar.

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