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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393046472
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Editor's Note xi
Preface xiii
My You 1
Thrust and Parry I 5
I. "Arsenio" (she writes me) 5
II. Barely out of adolescence 5
Xenia I 11
1. Dear little insect 13
2. Minus glasses and antennae 13
3. At the St. James in Paris 13
4. We'd worked out a whistle 15
5. I've never figured out 15
6. You never thought of leaving your mark 15
7. Self-pity 15
8. Your speech so halting and tactless 17
9. Listening 17
10. "Did she pray?" 17
11. The memory of your tears 17
12. Spring 17
13. Your brother died young 19
14. They say my poetry 19
Xenia II 21
1. For you death didn't matter... 23
2. You often ... recalled Mr. Cap... 23
3. For weeks we mourned... 25
4. Cunningly... 25
5. Your arm in mine... 25
6. The wine peddler poured... 27
7. "I've never been certain..." 27
8. "And Paradise?..." 27
9. Nuns and widows... 27
10. After long searching... 27
11. Surfacing from an infinity of time... 29
12. Hawks... 29
13. In my room I hung the daguerreotype... 31
14. The flood has drowned... 31
Staura I 33
Hierarchies 35
Deconfiture... 37
History 39
I. History isn't flexible... 39
II. So history is not... 41
In the Showcase 43
The Rasp 45
The Death of God 47
To a Modern Jesuit 49
In Smoke 51
Gotterdammerung 53
Tapped Telephone 55
Poetry 57
I. The agonizing question... 57
II. Poetry... 57
Rhymes 59
Dialogue 61
Fanfare 63
Satura II 69
Letter 71
Non-Magical Realism 75
It's Raining 79
Parting Shots 83
Le Revenant 85
Nothing Serious 87
Time and Times 89
I spy a bird... 91
La Belle Dame Sans Merci 93
Waiting 95
Thrust and Parry II 97
I. "Solipsism isn't your forte..." 97
II. Transparent as gossamer... 97
Here and There 103
What mortar bonds... 105
I feel remorse... 109
Auf Wiedersehen 111
Heaven and Earth 113
A Month among Children 115
On the Ground Floor 119
Late at Night 121
Stuttering 123
Thrust and Parry III 125
I. "I went back to see..." 125
II. All I remember... 125
It's Absurd Believing 131
Words 133
Year's End: 1968 137
Divinity in Disguise 139
The Black Angel 143
The Euphrates 147
The Arno at Rovezzano 149
We Went... 151
Groping 153
Easter without Weekend 155
Men Who Turn Back 157
Ex Voto 159
I Came into the World... 163
Before the Trip 165
The Seasons 167
After a Flight 171
There were birches... 171
Your gait isn't priestlike... 171
If you'd been ravished... 173
My road made... 173
While I think of you... 175
When we reached Sant' Anna... 175
Slow at accepting neologism... 177
I can't breathe when you're not here... 177
Piropo, in Conclusion 179
Two Venetian Sequences 181
I. From the windows... 181
II. Farfarella, the gabby doorman... 183
The Archive 185
Down Below 187
Without Safe-Conduct 189
Genius 191
Diachronics 193
Sounds 195
The Notary 197
He who saves the world... 199
January 1st 201
Rebecca 205
In Silence 207
Lights and Colors 209
The Strasbourg cricket drilling away... 211
The Other 213
Notes 214
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