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Eugenio Montale


Born
in Genoa, Italy
October 12, 1896

Died
September 12, 1981

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Influences
Dante Alighieri, T.S. Eliot


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 family villa in a village. This small village was near the Ligurian Riviera, an area which has had a profound influence on his poetry and other works. Originally Montale aspired to be an opera singer and trained under the famous baritone Ernesto Sivori. Surprisingly he changed his profession and went on to become a poet who can be considered the gr ...more

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“Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale
e ora che non ci sei è il vuoto ad ogni gradino.
Anche così è stato breve il nostro lungo viaggio.
Il mio dura tuttora, né più mi occorrono
le coincidenze, le prenotazioni,
le trappole, gli scorni di chi crede
che la realtà sia quella che si vede.

Ho sceso milioni di scale dandoti il braccio
non già perché con quattr'occhi forse si vede di più.
Con te le ho scese perché sapevo che di noi due
le sole vere pupille, sebbene tanto offuscate,
erano le tue.”
Eugenio Montale, Satura, 1962-1970

“No writer in our time has been more isolated than Kafka, and yet few have achieved communication as well as he did.”
Eugenio Montale

“Accade
che le affinità d'anima non giungano
ai gesti e alle parole ma rimangano
effuse come un magnetismo. Ѐ raro
ma accade.
Può darsi
che sia vera soltanto la lontananza,
vero l'oblio, vera la foglia secca
più del fresco germoglio. Tanto e altro
può darsi o dirsi.
Comprendo
la tua caparbia volontà di essere sempre assente
perché solo così si manifesta
la tua magia. Innumeri le astuzie
che intendo.
Insisto
nel ricercarti nel fuscello e mai
nell'albero spiegato, mai nel pieno, sempre
nel vuoto: in quello che anche al trapano
resiste.
Era o non era
la volontà dei numi che presidiano
il tuo lontano focolare, strani
multiformi multanimi animali domestici;
fors'era così come mi pareva
o non era.
Ignoro
se la mia inesistenza appaga il tuo destino,
se la tua colma il mio che ne trabocca,
se l'innocenza è una colpa oppure
si coglie sulla soglia dei tuoi lari. Di me,
di te tutto conosco, tutto
ignoro.”
Eugenio Montale, Satura, 1962-1970

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