Count Giacomo Leopardi
Rencanati
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The Infinite

Rating: 3.8
This solitary hill has always been dear to me
And this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most of
The endless horizon.
But when I sit and gaze, I imagine, in my thoughts
Endless spaces beyond the hedge,
An all encompassing silence and a deeply profound quiet,
To the point that my heart is almost overwhelmed.
And when I hear the wind rustling through the trees
I compare its voice to the infinite silence.
And eternity occurs to me, and all the ages past,
And the present time, and its sound.
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Roberto Bannella 07 March 2017
The translation tell exactly what I feel reading the original.. (RB, Italian born)
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Fabrizio Frosini 04 January 2016
Sempre caro mi fu quest'ermo colle - This solitary hill has always been dear to me - but note that Leopardi hated Recanati and made several unsuccessful attempts to leave the village -
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Fabrizio Frosini 15 June 2015
probably written in the autumn of 1819, it shows a keen sense of mortality conveyed in the dying of seasons and drowning of thoughts..
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Fabrizio Frosini 15 June 2015
una delle più belle poesie.. in assoluto..
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Fabrizio Frosini 15 June 2015
one of the most beautiful poems..
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Fabrizio Frosini 15 June 2015
another translation: ''The Infinite'' It was always dear to me, this solitary hill, and this hedgerow here, that closes off my view, from so much of the ultimate horizon. But sitting here, and watching here, in thought, I create interminable spaces, greater than human silences, and deepest quiet, where the heart barely fails to terrify. When I hear the wind, blowing among these leaves, I go on to compare that infinite silence with this voice, and I remember the eternal and the dead seasons, and the living present, and its sound, so that in this immensity my thoughts are drowned, and shipwreck seems sweet to me in this sea.
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Stephen W 23 December 2014
Withstands translation better than most. Well done! Keep writing: -)
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Infinity is where we came from Infinity is where we will go to When we hear the mortal drum Beating the retreat song soon...... I Welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too......
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Paul Reed 03 February 2014
Inspired, must read some more. I love the way he uses the hedge as the everyday barrier we can look through and beyond if we want to
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Night Flyer 03 February 2013
Deep enlightening poem. The sentiment mirrors feelings and thoughts I've had while looking at the night sky. Think I'll check out more of his poems now.
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