Giuseppe Ungaretti

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Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1888, and lived in North Africa as a youth. He studied in Paris before serving in the Italian infantry during World War I. His poetry was influenced by the nomadic culture of North Africa, by the friendships he formed with the literary and avant-garde circles of Paris, and by his European war exp ...

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Rivers

This mutilated tree gives
Me support, left in this pot-hole
It has the bitterness of a circus
Before or after the show.
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2.
Vanity

Suddenly
the limpid
stupor
of the immensity
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3.
Brothers

What regiment d'you belong to
brothers?

Word shaking
in the night
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4.
Vigil

A whole night long
crouched close
to one of our men
butchered
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5.
Star

Star, my only star,
in the poverty of the night, alone,
for me, alone, you shine,
in loneliness you shine;
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Fabrizio Frosini 09 May 2016

One of Ungaretti's most famous poems: Soldati (Soldiers) Si sta come d'autunno sugli alberi le foglie - It's like being in the autumn on the trees the leaves

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Fabrizio Frosini 09 May 2016

VERY VERY GOOD.. Thank you! These 15 poems - well..14, since one of them has been posted twice :) - can show PH readers how great a poet Ungaretti was - indeed, one of the three greatest XX century Italian poets (Montale and Quasimodo, the other two) - another PH page on Ungaretti here: http: //www.poemhunter.com/giuseppe-ungaretti/

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Fabrizio Frosini 09 May 2016

this is another wonderful short (very short!) poem by Ungaretti: ''Mattina'' M’illumino d’immenso - in English: 'Morning' I illuminate (myself) with immensity . [written on Janury 1917, during World War 1 - it's about the desire of searching for a renovated harmony with the universe]

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