Eugenio Montale


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Eugenio Montale (October 12, 1896 – September 12, 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975. more »

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  • ''Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.''
    Eugenio Montale (1896-1981), Italian poet. Poet In Our Time (1972).
  • ''Too many lives are needed to make just one.''
    Eugenio Montale (1896-1981), Italian poet. "Summer," Le Occasioni (1939). This last line was remembered by author Italo Calvino in a newspaper tri...
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/7/2015 2:36:00 PM)

    Montale.. the greatest Italian poet of the XX century... surely the one I love the most

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/18/2015 2:04:00 PM)

    Another beautiful poem by Eugenio Montale - original Italian text:

    ''Non chiederci la parola''

    Non chiederci la parola che squadri da ogni lato
    l’animo nostro informe, e a lettere di fuoco
    lo dichiari e risplenda come un croco
    perduto in mezzo a un polveroso prato.

    Ah l’uomo che se ne va sicuro,
    agli altri ed a se stesso amico,
    e l’ombra sua non cura che la canicola
    stampa sopra uno scalcinato muro!

    Non domandarci la formula che mondi possa aprirti,
    sì qualche storta sillaba e secca come un ramo.
    Codesto solo oggi possiamo dirti,
    ciò che non siamo, ciò che non vogliamo.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/16/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    Montale is one of the greatest Italian Poets.. pity that only 1 poem by Montale has been posted at PoemHunter..

    Using the comment box (below ''The Lemon Trees'') , I've posted another beautiful poem (from his collection 'Ossi di Seppia' - 'Cuttlefish Bones') : it is ''Sit the noon out, pale and lost in thought'' - ''Meriggiare Pallido e Assorto''

  • Romella Kitchens (2/25/2014 3:29:00 AM)

    Eugenio Montale still remain one of the foremost Italian poets of modern times even in his passing many years ago.

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Best Poem of Eugenio Montale

The Lemon Trees

Hear me a moment. Laureate poets
seem to wander among plants
no one knows: boxwood, acanthus,
where nothing is alive to touch.
I prefer small streets that falter
into grassy ditches where a boy,
searching in the sinking puddles,
might capture a struggling eel.
The little path that winds down
along the slope plunges through cane-tufts
and opens suddenly into the orchard
among the moss-green trunks
of the lemon trees.

Perhaps it is better
if the jubilee of small birds
dies down, swallowed in the sky,
yet more real to one who listens,
the ...

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