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Montale in English

Eugenio Montale, Harry Thomas

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ISBN 10: 1590511271 / ISBN 13: 9781590511275
Published by Other Press, U.S.A., 2005
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First printing. Edited by Harry Thomas, who has provided a lengthy introduction with notes to the collection, which consists of 100 poems by Eugenio Montale translated by various people, including Robert Lowell, Allen Mandelbaum, Jonathan Galassi, James Merrill, Jeremy Reed, Harry Thomas, Robert Bly and many other well-known poets, editors and translators. Near fine with a hint of shelfwear. 247 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14078

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Title: Montale in English

Publisher: Other Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Then out of nowhere after years of silence
the words we used, our unobstructed accents,
will well up from the dark of childhood,
and once more on our lips we'll taste Greek salt.

-from "Salt," translated by Jamie McKendrick

Eugenio Montale (1896 - 1981) was the greatest Italian poet since Leopardi, perhaps since Petrarch, and is generally acknowledged as one of the preeminent European poets of the last century. His lyrical, mysterious poems abound in natural images—the high cliffs and inlets of the Ligurian coast, golden sunflowers, scolding blackbirds, and sun-scorched landscapes. Indeed, in the view of James Merrill, whose superb translations of several of Montale's poems appear in this volume, Montale was "the twentieth-century nature poet," in whose lines "any word can lead you from the kitchen garden into really inhuman depths." Also full of mythological and literary resonance, Montale's poems poignantly explore the connection between nature, the individual, and the divine.

Montale in English draws on the poet's eight major collections, bringing together translations, adaptations, and homages by fifty-eight American, English, Scottish, Australian, and Italian poets and scholars, including Samuel Beckett, David Ferry, Jonathan Galassi, Jorie Graham, Robert Lowell, Edwin Morgan, and Charles Wright. The editor's introduction gives a precise account of the history of Montale's reception in English, and by providing an analysis of four translations of a single poem, contributes to the controversial issue of poetic translation.

About the Author:

Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale was born in Genoa and worked as a journalist and critic, first in Florence, then in Milan. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1975.
Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas edited Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Penguin, 1993) and Talking With Poets (Handsel Books, 2004). He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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