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Poems of Giacomo Leopardi

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This is a volume of poems by Giacomo Leopardi.

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THE POEMS OF GIACOMO LEOPARDI

TRANSLATED BY FREDERICK TOWNSEND

NEW YORK AND LONDON G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS The Knickerbocker Press 1887

COPYRIGHT BY R. T. TOWNSEND 1887

Press of G. P. Putnam's Sons New York

TO M. N. M. SISTER OF THE TRANSLATOR THESE POEMS ARE AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY THE EDITOR

PREFACE.

Giacomo Leopardi is a great name in Italy among philosophers and poets, but is quite unknown in this country, and Mr. Townsend has the honor of introducing him, in the most captivating way, to his countrymen. In Germany and France he has excited attention. Translations have been made of his works; essays have been written on his ideas. But in England his name is all but unheard of. Six or seven years ago Mr. Charles Edwards published a translation of the essays and dialogues, but no version of the poems has appeared, so far as I know. Leopardi was substantially a poet, that is to say, he had imagination, sentiment, passion, an intense love of beauty, a powerful impulse towards things ideal. The sad tone of his speculations about the universe and human destiny gave an impression of mournfulness to his lines, but this rather deepened the pathos of his work... Continue reading book >>


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