Sono una creatura

 

Di Giuseppe Ungaretti

 

Come questa pietra

del S. Michele

così fredda

così dura

così prosciugata

così refrattaria

così totalmente

disanimata

.

Come questa pietra

è il mio pianto

che non si vede

.

La morte

si sconta

vivendo

 

I am a being

 

By Giuseppe Ungaretti

 

Like this rock

from St. Michele

so cold

so hard

so drained

so refractory

so totally

lifeless

.

Like this rock

is my lament

which goes unseen

.

Death

is expiated

by living

 

.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

 

Giuseppe Ungaretti was an Italian modernist poet, journalist, essayist, critic, academic, and winner of the 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He was a leading representative of what was known as Ermetismo (Hermeticism), and one of the most prominent contributors to 20th century Italian literature. He debuted as a poet while fighting in the trenches.

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