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Montale's poems range from daily life through history and myth, and on to questions of metaphysics and divinity. As a love poet, a landscape poet, and a spiritual pilgrim he has few equals. Translators Galassi, Wright, and Young recreate the distinctive music of a poet whose poems prove rich and compelling to an ever-growing body of readers.
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Published December 15th 2004 by Oberlin (first published 1965)
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Robert
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've owned this selected volume for probably a decade and a half and while I've leafed through it many times, nothing could prepare me for reading it cover to cover. I had no idea, first of all, how damned difficult Montale could be, especially in his middle period (the late 30s and early 40s). In particular, the poems called "Motetti" from Le Occasioni are as dense as any koan. The work selected from Ossi di Seppia (first book) and La Bufera e altro (later in his career) is certainly less opaqu ...more
metaphor
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eugenio-montale
Memory
isn’t a sin so long as it does some good.
[…] before it can lock
onto the images, onto the words, onto the dark
remembering senses of the past, the emptiness
we once occupied which waits us again,
when it is time
to take us back, to take us in.
Farren
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Like Neruda without the fucking. Super blah.
Jacob Vorstrup Goldman
The plurality of the translators end up, in the end, being the biggest hindrance to fully appreciate the works of this surely deep poet.
Christina
A good introduction to Montale's poetry, since it includes the work of several different translators. (As they say, you're only as good your translator.) Nevertheless, his work, while worthwhile, doesn't particularly speak to me, so I'm moving on.
Gerry LaFemina
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Montale's use of imagery is masterful in both his short lyrics and his longer narrative poems,and these translations, by a number of terrific translators do justice to both his eye and his ear.
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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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