“Generally speaking, there is too little laughter in our schools. The idea that educating the mind must be something dreary is one of the most difficult things to counter.”

Gianni Rodari (The grammar of fantasy, 1973)

Problema di stagioni


Gianni Rodari

“Signor maestro, che le salta in mente?

Questo problema è un’astruseria,

non ci si capisce niente:

trovate il perimetro dell’allegria,

la superficie della libertà,

il volume della felicità…


Quest’altro poi

è un po’ troppo difficile per noi:

quanto pesa una corsa in mezzo ai prati?

Saremo certo bocciati”.


Ma il maestro che ci vede sconsolati:

“Son semplici problemi di stagione.

Durante le vacanze

troverete la soluzione”.

A question of seasons


Gianni Rodari

“Excuse me teacher, what were you thinking?

This question is so ridiculous,

it’s just mind-boggling:

find the perimeter of happiness,

the surface area of freedom,

the volume of elation…


And this other riddle

is impossible, we’re just too little:

what does a run through the meadows weigh?

We’ll never pass. There is no way!”


Says the teacher, seeing our dismay:

“It’s really just a question of the season,

and during your holiday

you’ll find the solution.”


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

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