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Publisher Comments:

Published for the first time in 1831, and here presented in a dual-language edition with some of his lesser-known unpublished poems, Leopardi's poetical masterpiece is an unsurpassed anatomy of man's unhappiness on earth. Trapped between an admiration for the classical past and a disappointment in the impoverished present, Leopardi rejected both the easy allure of Catholic faith and the unbridled optimism proposed by science and the Enlightment. In his world view, all that we love and value is illusion, the truth existing deep in our minds and souls as poignant memories, unrequited passion, and stoical acceptance of nature's bleak elementals. Leopardi's unflinching pessimism and existential resolve, here brilliantly rendered in verse by prize-winning translator J.G. Nichols, make him the most fascinating and best loved of the Italian poets.

Synopsis:

This essential introduction to the poems of Giacomo Leopardi provides a complete translation of The Canti, explanatory notes, and a selection of Leopardi's prose keyed to related poems. Further background is provided by an introduction and a brief biography woven from Leopardi's own words.

About the Author

Giacomo Leopardi (1798 -1837) was an Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, and philologist. Despite living in a secluded town in the conservative Stato della Chiesa, he engaged deeply and enthusiastically with the foremost thinkers and concepts of the Enlightenment, and created a remarkable and renowned poetic work that secured his place as one of the greatest poets of modern Italy. Jonathan Galassi is a poet, translator and publisher based in New York. His translations include the poems of Eugenio Montale.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847490162
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Subject:
Continental european
Translator:
Nichols, J. G.
Author:
Leopardi
Author:
Nichols, J. G.
Author:
Leopardi, Giacomo
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Oneworld Classics
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
178
Dimensions:
7.8125 x 5 in

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Product details 178 pages Oneworld Classics - English 9781847490162 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This essential introduction to the poems of Giacomo Leopardi provides a complete translation of The Canti, explanatory notes, and a selection of Leopardi's prose keyed to related poems. Further background is provided by an introduction and a brief biography woven from Leopardi's own words.
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