Sì pien d’anni son io, benché non anco
Dentro il mio cor né brama, né rimorso,
M’invade un lento obblio. Passano i giorni
E se talora avvien che in me ritorni,
So filled with years am I, although I be
In my heart neither do I repent nor pine,
A slow oblivion invades me. The days pass
And if at times it should return at last,
Translation ©Matilda Colarossi
Arturo Graf (1848 – 1913), was an Italian poet and professor of Italian literature. The poem is from the collection Poesie, Casa Editrice Giovanni Chiantore, Turin, 1922 (succeeded by Loescher). The original work can be found on LiberLiber here.
He was one of the founders of the Giornale della letteratura italiana, and his publications include prose criticism. He is best known as a poet, but was also the author of numerous works in prose. His various collections include Poesie e novelle (1874), Dopo il tramonto versi (1893), etc. set him among the lyrical writers of his country. His work greatly inspired Guido Gozzano.
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