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Nel cuore delle Occasioni, che sono il cuore dell’opera di Montale, vi è una sezione, dal titolo Mottetti, dove troviamo un purissimo distillato dell’essenza stessa del poeta. Sono ventuno poesie brevi, di estrema concentrazione, tutte indirizzate a una donna, Clizia, «che viveva a circa tremila miglia di distanza» ed era in verità il compendio di tre donne – e soprattutto ...more
Paperback, Piccola Biblioteca #211, 130 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Adelphi (first published 1939)
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I was given this small volume by my mother late in her life. She was for fifty years a close friend of Irma Brandeis, the American Dante scholar "who half a century ago inspired these poems." Having known the charming and inimitable Irma myself makes the book more personal to me.

The excellent facing translations allow someone not strong in Italian to read in either language. The poems are about irrevocable separation through which longing persists. The most famous VI, begins "La speranza di pur
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Eugenio Montale was born on October 12, 1896 in Genoa, Italy. He was the youngest son of Domenico Montale and Giuseppina (Ricci) Montale. They were brought up in a business atmosphere, as their father was a trader in chemicals. Ill health cut short his formal education and he was therefore a self-taught man free from conditioning except that of his own will and person. He spent his summers at the ...more
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