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Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba

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Umberto Saba’s reputation in Italy and Europe has steadily grown since his death in 1957, and today he is positioned alongside Eugenio Montale and Giuseppe Ungaretti as one of the three most important Italian poets of the first half of the twentieth century. Until now, however, English-language readers have had access to only a few examples of this poet’s work. This biling ...more
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Published April 24th 2012 by Yale University Press (first published December 1st 1998)
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Tom
Among the 20th c. triumvirate of great Italian poets -- Saba, Ungaretti, Montale -- Saba is my favorite for the simple reason that he seems more open with his emotions, more curious in seeing the contradictory sides of life, at times more joyful and celebratory, than the other two. Ungaretti tends toward monochromatic bleakness and Montale, though a beautifully lyrical writer, is just too dense and enigmatic for me (which may expain why he won a Nobel Prize and the other two didn't?)

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Greg
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
What is honest poetry? Does poetry need to be honest to be good? The answer to this question dominated Umberto Saba’s work. In “What Remains for Poets to Do?” he decries writers of anything other than what he terms “honest” poetry. “Whoever writes poems not because he sincerely needs the help of rhythm in expressing his passion, but out of mercenary or ambitious intentions, and for whom publishing a book is like seeking a decoration or opening a shop, cannot even imagine what stubborn force of i ...more
Jim Puskas
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prose-poetry
What a wonderful discovery this book has been! One of those very rare volumes of works by one poet where virtually every page offers something truly memorable. Saba is the most autobiographical poet I've encountered. There are so many delightful little gems: most appealing are those that speak to the poet's own experiences, first in his early youth and later in old age in his native city of Trieste. He is at times whimsical as in his account of a white dog and yellow butterfly in "Fable" or drol ...more
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Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Umberto Saba rodio se 1883. godine u Trstu, gradu koji će postati jedan od najsnažnijih motiva njegove poezije. Svoj rodni grad napuštao je rijetko, i uvijek mu se brzo, sa ljubavlju vraćao. Imao je naizgled jednostavan i običan život. U dvadeset sedmoj se oženio djevojkom koju je upoznao u ranoj mladosti. Prve godine braka dobili su ćerku. Kasnije, Saba otkupljuje nekadašnju knjižaru i pretvara je u antikvarnicu. Knjižarstvom će se baviti do kraja života, istrajno, tiho i posvećeno. Umrijeće ub ...more
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