Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale Quotes

  • ''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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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

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