A new translation preserves Giacomo Leopardi's expressivity while accentuating his modernity.
Poems / A Bilingual Edition
by Giacomo Leopardi
translation by Jonathan Galassi
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Giacomo Leopardi may be the most erudite, philosophically astute, and linguistically refined poet you've never heard of. Part of the blame lies in Leopardi's historically inclined vocabulary and style, which draw heavily on Greco-Roman authors ranging from Theocritus to Virgil as well as early Italian masters, especially the fourteenth-century Tuscan poet who was the preeminent model for Renaissance lyric, Francis Petrarch. But Leopardi was no antiquarian: His synthesis of past literary forms and experimental poetics makes his work a daunting mix of erudition and inventiveness. It would be an oversimplification to call Leopardi's language Italian, because, like Italy itself, such a thing did not yet exist in his brief lifetime (1798–1837). Italian unification, and with it the standardization of the national
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