Giuseppe Ungaretti.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/16/2015 6:37:00 AM)

    just a short bio..

    Giuseppe Ungaretti was born February 10,1888, in Alexandria, Egypt.
    His parents were Italian immigrants who moved to Egypt when his father accepted a job as a laborer on the construction of the Suez Canal.
    When Ungaretti was two years old, his father died, and his mother supported the family with earnings from a job at a bakery in an Italian section of Alexandria.
    Ungaretti attended schools in Egypt until 1912, when he left for Paris to study at the Sorbonne.
    During his university years, Ungaretti became acquainted with various artists and poets, including Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, and his own poems were first published in 1915 in a French journal.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/16/2015 5:15:00 AM)

    2 more poems by Ungaretti:

    ''Mattina'' ['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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    ''Soldati'' ['Soldiers']

    Si sta come
    sugli alberi
    le foglie

    (Here we are
    like leaves on
    trees, in Autumn)

    [ a famous poem written in July 1918, during World War 1 ]

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/16/2015 5:03:00 AM)

    only 1 poem by Ungaretti is posted at PoemHunter..! ? what a shame!

Variations On Nothing

That negligible bit of sand which slides
Without a sound and settles in the hourglass,
And the fleeting impressions on the fleshy-pink,
The perishable fleshy-pink, of a cloud...

Then a hand that turns over the hourglass,
The going back for flowing back, of sand,
The quiet silvering of a cloud
In the first few lead-gray seconds of dawn...

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