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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Glory of Expanded Noon

Glory of expanded noon
when the trees give up no shade,
and more and more the look of things
is turning bronze, from excess light.

Above, the sun—and a dry shore;
so my day is not yet done:
the finest hour is over the low wall,
closed off by a pale setting sun.

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