Salvatore Quasimodo

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Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Sicily. He studied Greek and Latin from the age of twenty and became a professor of literature in Milan. He translated Shakespeare and Greek lyric poetry. Between 1930 and 1938 he was the leader of the Hermetic school of ‘poesia pura’.

In 1908 his family moved to Messina, as his father had been sent there to help ...
Popular Poems
1.
Enemy Of Death
You should not have
ripped out your image
taken from us, from the world,
a portion of beauty.
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2.
Wind At Tindari
Tindari, I know you
mild between broad hills, overhanging the waters
of the god’s sweet islands.
Today, you confront me
and break into my heart.
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3.
Street In Agrigentum
There is still the wind that I remember
firing the manes of horses, racing,
slanting, across the plains,
the wind that stains and scours the sandstone,
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4.
Ed È Subito Sera
Everyone stands alone at the heart of the world
pierced by a ray of sunlight,
and suddenly it is evening.
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5.
Uomo Del Mio Tempo
You are still the one with the stone and the sling,
Man of my time. You were in the cockpit,
With the malevolent wings, the meridians of death,
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Comments

sahib 27 November 2018
enemy of death explanation
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Fabrizio Frosini 18 October 2015
Ungaretti, Quasimodo and Montale: 3 great poets - the greatest Italian poets of XX century..
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 20 August 2013
May his soul rest in peace O great master
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