Giuseppe Ungaretti

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Giuseppe Ungaretti (8 February 1888 – 2 June 1970) was an Italian modernist poet, journalist, essayist, critic, academic, and recipient of the inaugural 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. A leading representative of the experimental trend known as Ermetismo ("Hermeticism"), he was one of the most prominent contributors to 20th century Italian literature.


  • Di queste case
    non è rimasto
    che qualche
    brandello di muro
    Di tanti
    che mi corrispondevano
    non è rimasto
    neppure tanto
    Ma nel cuore
    nessuna croce manca
    È il mio cuore
    il paese più straziato.
    • Of these houses
      nothing is left
      but a few scraps
      of walls
      Of so many
      whose life I shared
      not even that much
      is left
      But my heart carries
      all their crosses
      My heart's indeed
      the most ravaged land.
    • San Martino del Carso (27 August 1916). [A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti, 1997, ISBN 9781550960341]

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