Sono una creatura


Di Giuseppe Ungaretti


Come questa pietra

del S. Michele

così fredda

così dura

così prosciugata

così refrattaria

così totalmente



Come questa pietra

è il mio pianto

che non si vede


La morte

si sconta



I am a being


By Giuseppe Ungaretti


Like this rock

from St. Michele

so cold

so hard

so drained

so refractory

so totally



Like this rock

is my lament

which goes unseen



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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