Count Giacomo Leopardi
Count Giacomo Leopardi Poems
- The Infinite This solitary hill has always been dear to ...
- Night Song Of A Wandering Shep...
- L'Infinito Sempre caro mi fu quest'ermo colle E questa siepe...
- On The Portrait Of A Beautiful... Such _wast_ thou: now ...
- Calm After Storm The storm hath passed; I hear the birds ...
- The Lonely Life The morning rain, when, from her coop ...
- The Dream It was the morning; through the shutters ...
Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi was an Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, and philologist. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment, and, by his own literary evolution, created a remarkable and renowned poetic work, related to the Romantic era.
Giacomo Leopardi was born of a local noble family in Recanati, in the Marche, at the time ruled by the papacy. His father, the count Monaldo Leopardi, was a good-hearted man, fond of literature but weak and reactionary, who remained bound to antiquated ideas and prejudices; his mother, the ... more »
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This solitary hill has always been dear to me
And this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most of
The endless horizon.
But when I sit and gaze, I imagine, in my thoughts
Endless spaces beyond the hedge,
An all encompassing silence and a deeply profound quiet,
To the point that my heart is almost overwhelmed.
And when I hear the wind rustling through the trees
I compare its voice to the infinite silence.
And eternity occurs to me, and all the ages past,
And the present time, and its sound.
Amidst this immensity my thought drowns:
And to founder in this sea ...