Leopardi, Selected Poems
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Leopardi, Selected Poems by Giacomo Leopardi
Book DescriptionThese translations of the major poems of Giacomo Leopardi (1798--1837) render into modern English verse the work of a writer who is widely regarded as the greatest lyric poet in the Italian literary tradition. In spite of this reputation, and in spite of a number of nineteenth-and twentieth-century translations, Leopardi's poems have never "come over" into English in such a way as to guarantee their author a recognition comparable to that of other great European Romantic poets. By catching something of Leopardi's cadences and tonality in a version that still reads as idiomatic modern English (with an occasional Irish or American accent), Leopardi: Selected Poems should win for the Italian poet the wider appreciative audience he deserves. His themes are mutability, landscape, love; his attitude, one of unflinching realism in the face of unavoidable human loss. But the manners of the poems are a unique amalgam of philosophical toughness and the lyrically bittersweet. In a way more pure and distilled than most others in the Western tradition, these poems are truly what Matthew Arnold asked all poetry to be, a "criticism of life." The translator's aim is to convey something of the profundity and something of the sheer poetic achievement of Leopardi's inestimable Canti.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691016443
(203mm x 127mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Giacomo Leopardi
Passions, Hardback (November 2014)
Selections from Leopardi's prose masterwork, Zibaldone, one of the great intellectual diaries in European literature, expertly translated by Tim Parks
Giacomo Leopardi: Canti, Paperback (July 2014)
First published in 1937, this book presents a selection of poems from Leopardi's Canti in the original Italian.
Poems of Leopardi, Paperback (December 2013)» View all books by Giacomo Leopardi
First published in 1923, this book presents the complete text of Giacomo Leopardi's Canti in the original Italian with facing-page English translation.
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