Eugenio Montale

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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).
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  • ''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 tribute to Montale after the poet's death.

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At the Threshold

Be pleased if the wind that enters the orchard
brings back the surge of life:
here where a dead tangle of memories
sinks and founders,
there was no garden, only a reliquary.

The flapping you hear is not flight
but a commotion in the eternal womb;
you see how this strip of solitary earth

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