By Giacomo Leopardi
Giacomo Leopardi is Italy's maximum smooth poet, the 1st ecu author to painting and consider the self in a fashion that feels known to us this day. a good classical pupil and patriot, he explored metaphysical loneliness in totally unique methods. although he died younger, his impression was once huge, immense, and it truly is no exaggeration to claim that every one smooth poetry, not just in Italian, derives in a roundabout way from his work.
Leopardi's poetry is notoriously tricky to translate, and he has been much less renowned to English-language readers than his principal importance for his personal tradition may well recommend. Now Jonathan Galassi, whose translations of Eugenio Montale were greatly acclaimed, has produced a powerful, clean, direct model of this nice poet that provides English-language readers a brand new method of Leopardi. Galassi has contributed an informative creation and notes that supply a feeling of Leopardi's assets and ideas. this can be a necessary ebook for somebody who desires to comprehend the roots of contemporary lyric poetry.
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FitzGerald Bringt einen Becher mir, so gross, doss, moo ihn scbwer nur hebe • wenn man ihn ouch nur zweimol leert, zum Rousch geniigen muss es schon. Zuerst will ich von der Vernunft mich schelden und der Religion, Und mich vermahlen donn sofort dem holden Kind der Rebe. Buvont dons une coupe enorme, sons parellle, Je me croiroi tres riche en vidont Io bouteille, Alors, repudiont lo Raison et la Foi, J'epousero lo fille exquise de It\ treillef 38 39 Up from Earth's Centre through the seventh Gate I rose, and on the Throne of Suturn sale, And many Knots unravel'd by the Road; Bui not the Knot of Human Death ond Fate.
N,<4:) '7 31 And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass Among the Guests Star - scatter'd on the Grass, And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot Where I made one - turn down on empty Olass I FihGerold 0 meine Freunde, gelobt, einst munter Euch Hier zu versammeln, wenn ich nicht mehr unter Eue Den Pokal voll Alten Weins :zu schenken Und trinkend des armen Chajjom zu gedenken. Chers omis, convenez d'un rendez • vous , expres. Une fois reunis, ttichez d'etre bien gais, lt Iorsque l'~hanson rempliro votre coupe, Buvez en souvenir du pauvre que j'etois I 33 I sometimes think that never blows so red The Rose os where some buried Caesar bled: 1'hat every Hyacinth the Garden wears Dropt in its lap from some once lovely Head.
Une fois reunis, ttichez d'etre bien gais, lt Iorsque l'~hanson rempliro votre coupe, Buvez en souvenir du pauvre que j'etois I 33 I sometimes think that never blows so red The Rose os where some buried Caesar bled: 1'hat every Hyacinth the Garden wears Dropt in its lap from some once lovely Head. FitzGerald Erblickt ihr eine Rose, prochtig rot, So denkt : darunler liegt ein mocbt'ger Konig tot; Und seht ihr einen Krokus bliih'n, so glaubt : Eio schones Weib, nun tot, verlor ihn einst vom Houpt Chaque tuliperoie, ici-bas, autrefois, Fut sans doute arrosee ovec le sang des rois.