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Galassi, New York Times Book Review of “Canti”

Are you still unsure if you want to grab the latest edition of Leopardi’s classic, “Canti”? Well, hopefully The New York Times Book Review can help persuade you.

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Galassi’s “L’infinito”

Infinity by Jonathan Galassi

This lonely hill was always dear to me,

and this hedgerow, which cuts off the view

of so much of the last horizon.

But sitting here and gazing, I can see

beyond, in my mind’s eye, unending spaces,

and superhuman silences, and depthless calm,

till what I feel

is almost fear.  And when I hear

the wind stir in these branches, I begin

comparing that endless stillness with this noise;

and the eternal comes to mind,

and the dead seasons, and the present

living one, and how it sounds.

So my mind sinks in this immensity:

and foundering is sweet in such a sea.

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Hot(ish) off the Press: Galassi covers Leopardi

Jonathan Galassi, Poet, Publisher and President of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in New York City, published Giacomo Leopardi’s CANTI this past autumn, 2010. This edition of Leopardi’s first collection of published poetry, his being in 1821, is comparable in strength to the work of Geoffrey L. Bickersteth in 1927, a British poet and scholar on Leopardi.

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